Start of construction of an animal park in La Vista |


Construction is set to begin in August on a game park and sports bar near Cabela’s in La Vista.

La Vista City Council last week approved a flattening and subdivision agreement on an 11-acre space on Giles Road and Southport Parkway.

One of two projects planned for the area, Smash Park, could be completed by early 2023, said Jeff Lake of the Summit Development Company. The 24,000 square foot facility offers pickleball – a smaller, easier hybrid version of tennis – as its main draw, with courts for rent by the hour.

Smash Park will also feature cornhole, shuffleboard, bocce ball, foosball, table and arcade games, as well as party rooms, televised sports and a pub-style kitchen. Games and courts are located outdoors and indoors. Other Smash Park facilities hold eight-week league games throughout the year for pickleball, cornhole, and darts.

An aerial view of the facilities at Smash Park in Des Moines. The park contains indoor and outdoor areas for pickleball, as well as many other games.

Smash Park — which includes an adult-only area among family activities — has locations in Des Moines and Pella, Iowa, and another planned in Minneapolis in addition to La Vista.

The other project, a 150-room Home2Suites hotel, is still in the planning phase. Lake said a Georgia-based company is completing other hotels and plans to start work next year if possible.


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