August 21, 2019

Outdoor Obstacle Courses in Minnesota Bring Competitive Fun and Fitness to All Generations

Dual Outdoor Obstacle Courses Are the First of its Kind in North America!


Grassman Park in Jordan, Minnesota is the site of an exciting new outdoor recreation option for all generations - dual outdoor obstacle courses. There is a Challenge Course Pro® for users age 13 and up, and right beside it is a Challenge Course Youth® for children age 5 to 12. By installing these courses next to one another, the community created an exciting, fun and competitive fitness space that everyone can enjoy.

Challenge Course by GameTime is the industry’s first timed outdoor obstacle course for parks and recreation centers. It combines fun and challenging obstacles with a precision timing system so users can track their time and compete with friends and family. Users can also time their run using the Challenge Course app for iOS and Android devices. 

On hand for the grand opening was “Swedish Ninja” Leif Sundberg. Sundberg is a three-time contestant on the hit television show American Ninja Warrior®•. He participated in the park’s opening festivities, demonstrated his obstacle course skills for the crowd and shared his thoughts on the new park.

“There’s no other place like this that offers options for all ages,” said Sundberg. “The obstacle by obstacle path is a timed system that allows children to be competitive. It’s different from all other parks.”


CBS affiliate WCCO covered the opening of the new Outdoor Obstacle Courses by GameTime. Video courtesy of WCCO.


The dual course in Jordan was installed by Minnesota•Wisconsin Playground, GameTime’s exclusive representative in Minnesota. Harlan Lehman leads the team and shared his thoughts on the new Challenge Course. “This is not a traditional playground at all. There is a lot of demand for these courses,” said Lehman. “And this course is unique because kids can run one course while the adults run the other course. There’s really something for everyone.”

Grassman Park has been designated a National Demonstration Site for Outdoor Adult Fitness by PlayCore. The site will be added to a national registry and online map of sites that are designed using best practice research. Users can contribute to ongoing research at the park by participating in an online survey. The survey is accessible via smartphone by scanning a sign at the Challenge Course. 

About GameTime: GameTime is a leading manufacturer of inclusive playgrounds, custom play spaces and outdoor fitness equipment. Headquartered in Fort Payne, Alabama, and with distribution around the world, our products combine play research with thoughtful design to create play and recreation spaces for people of all ages and abilities. We bring together the right corporate, civic and nonprofit partners to build healthy, active communities that make the world a better place for children and families.

About PlayCore: PlayCore is a purpose driven Company committed to building stronger communities around the world by advancing play and recreation. The company infuses scholarly learning, through its Center for Outreach, Research, and Education, into its comprehensive family of brands. PlayCore combines best-in-class educational programming with the most comprehensive portfolio of play and recreation products and services to create tailored solutions that match the unique needs of each community served. 


*American Ninja Warrior® is the property of A. Smith & Co. Productions and NBCUniversal Television. All rights reserved. No association between American Ninja Warrior and GameTime is implied or inferred.