Bolder Adventure Park will offer rock climbing, ziplines and ice skating in Grand Prairie

A new adventure park in Grand Prairie will bring the mountains to North Texas.

This week, the ground will break ground at Bolder Adventure Park, a 66,000 square foot indoor adventure park that will feature climbing structures, ziplines and ropes courses.

The park, slated to open next summer, will be the latest addition to Grand Prairie’s Epic Central entertainment district.

CEO Paul Fontanelli said he got the idea for Bolder Adventure Park after visiting a similar outdoor attraction in Park City, Utah.

“We wanted to recreate the great outdoors and the sense of adventure, but in an indoor environment in a place without mountains,” Fontanelli said. “It will be something fun and exciting and really unique for this region.”

The park will have 75-foot ceilings to allow for high peaks, he said, and the rock faces will be covered in concrete sculpted and shaped to resemble boulders.

Additional features will include tube slides, adventure nets and ice skating. It will also house a Via Ferrata course, which is a system of rungs and steel cables attached to the side of a rock that climbers can use to secure themselves.

Grand Prairie’s Epic Central, which already includes a water park and recreation center, is an ideal location for the park, Fontanelli said. The area is also getting two new hotels and several restaurants, including a Chicken N Pickle, Vidorra and Stirr.

When planning the park, Fontanelli, who worked in finance before quitting to open Bolder, said he considered what his own family, which includes three young children, would enjoy.

“There will be something here for all ages,” he said. “Families can come spend the day here having an adventure.”

More information about the venue is available online.

Virginia F. Goins