By: Rachael Krause, WAVE 3 News Reporter
With a few swings of the samurai sword comes a new experience based business in Clarksville, Indiana. Xtremenasium, a trampoline and extreme ninja park opened Thursday.
“Not only a good location, but southern Indiana in general is lacking an activity-type center like this,” said Kenny Schell, owner of Xtremenasium. 20 years ago, the building used to be a Pep Boys, Schell said, but over the last year and a half, he’s worked to flip the building so people can come and flip on the trampolines inside.
“We added a ninja challenge course, one of the first in the area here. And even our other trampoline attractions, they’re not just where you bounce on, they all have an activity or some type of mission based plan on them,” Schell said.
The new business is the latest in a string of redevelopment projects for Clarksville. Cheaper properties and forgivable loans from the city allow former big box stores or spaces to be transformed into new businesses – and there are plenty of similar spots available.
“As a community, we have a limited amount of resources from a land standpoint. We can’t grow very much our footprint, we’re kind of surrounded by various other communities so density and reusing existing structures is important to us,” said Dylan Fisher, Clarksville Redevelopment Director.
But this latest business opening also gives Lewis and Clark Parkway something new after seeing dozens of new businesses and shops opening up just up the road.
“The Veterans Parkway corridor has gotten a lot of attention over the years on both the Clarksville and Jeffersonville side, but to see something happen inside an existing building on Lewis and Clark is just as exciting because it’s giving new life to these existing buildings,” said Wendy Dant Chesser, President of One Southern Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
Plans to create a master plan for Lewis and Clark Parkway next year could bring more changes and developments to the community. For now, new businesses like Xtremenasium will help breathe new life into this part of town.
“It means everything in the world to me. I put everything on the line to get this place open,” Schell said.
Want to check it out? Xtremenasium will be open seven days a week at 706 E Lewis and Clark Parkway in Clarksville. For more information, visit the website at www.beaninja.com