(May 17, 2019) The new Woodward “WreckTangle” obstacle course at Third Street near the Ocean Bowl skate park is nearing completion, and a ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony are tentatively set for Friday, May 24 at 1 p.m.
During a Recreation and Parks Committee meeting on Tuesday, Tourism Director Donna Abbott said opening of the ninja-style course would include participation by the Stephen Decatur High School junior ROTC group, along with “something fun with the mayor and council.”
A partnership between the city and the Woodward playground company was announced in February. The outdoor course was designed for use both by adults and children, and challenges competitors to use skill, strength and creativity to overcome a series of obstacles.
Abbott said operating hours would be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., likely through October or November.
Pricing for an hour-long session will be $14.99, or $19.99 an hour with a wristband to track the time it takes to complete the course, Abbott said.
She added locals would be given a free wristband during their initial visit, along with 10 percent off on subsequent visits.
Day passes will cost $39.99, weekly passes will be $89.99 and the course will offer season passes for $249.99. Group rates will also be available.
Special session pricing is to be determined, but will include 45-minute classes, “pro-ninja clinics,” a weekly race series, and a regional championship event.
One final component of the course was unfinished as of Tuesday afternoon, and Abbott said there was discussion of installing bleachers near the course to allow friends and family to watch competitors run through the obstacles.
She said the Maryland State Fireman’s Association may arrange an event around their annual convention in Ocean City, and at least one local school has already inquired about visiting the course. Councilman John Gehrig joked about signing up his D3Corp company for a day at the WreckTangle.
“I think there’s a lot of different opportunities there for both conventions and teams and camps and clinics, so it’s pretty exciting,” Abbott said.
Councilman Mark Paddack had another suggestion: have the city sponsor a regional WreckTangle tournament near the end of the year, possibly in conjunction with the proposed World Championship Punkin Chunkin event.
“If it’s going to be here that long and we do do the approval, a Punkin Chunkin WreckTangle tournament, sponsored by the rec department, [is] a possibility,” Paddack said.
Special Events Director Frank Miller said resort officials would reach out to Woodward to see if that’s a possibility.
“The thought process was ... start hyping it up now, get people actively going, practicing on the Woodward WreckTangle, and then actually host that at the end of October or November, pending the outcome of how the Punkin Chunkin goes.”
Paddack said Punkin Chunkin, as proposed, would run the first weekend of November, while Miller noted the annual O.C.toberfest event is scheduled during the two weeks earlier.