Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis cut the ceremonial ribbon and even ran the obstacle course at the June 12 opening at Tom Bass Park of the first “Challenge Course” in the state of Texas.

Originally developed in Charlotte, N.C., by the company GameTime and the Carolina Panthers NFL team, the Challenge Course is a unique outdoor play space consisting of challenging equipment for teenagers and adults.

The course combines interesting obstacles that enhance a user’s speed, agility and strength. It is designed to use creative and active ways for people to get 60 minutes of daily physical activity.

“I’m so excited that Precinct One’s Tom Bass Park is the first place in Texas to open a Challenge Course. It’s a great addition to all the amenities we already offer at this great park,” Commissioner Ellis said. “This definitely is not your average playground. The Challenge Course is described as the NFL Combine meets American Ninja Warrior.”

Challenge Courses are located in California, Indianapolis and other U.S. cities, but the Tom Bass course is the first one installed in Texas.

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Commissioner Ellis also thanked Chambers Washington, Precinct One’s parks superintendent, and Bryan O’Connor of Total Recreation, the maker of Challenge Courses.

Commissioner Ellis also noted that the new course provides a fun and challenging way for residents to enjoy the outdoors as well as get the physical activity that is essential to a healthy lifestyle.

“It is important to invest in quality recreational projects and programs that all residents can use,” said Commissioner Ellis, who also ran the obstacle course after the ceremony.

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