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To set foot in Apex Adventure Plex is to enter a whole new world.
Richmond’s newest all-in-one recreation centre is a cornucopia of imagination, each “zone” encouraging visitors to set forth on their own personal exercise adventure.
A trampoline park features a jump zone where kids of all ages—including the inner-child in everyone—can bounce to their heart’s content.
Slam ball, dodgeball and bubble soccer—played on a state of the art air-cushioned floor—are other activities currently being offered, with a myriad more—including the highly-anticipated ninja obstacle course (think TV’s “American Ninja Warrior”)—set to debut in the near future.
The 4,459-square-metre (48,000 square feet) venue, one of the largest of its kind in North America, located at 3810 Jacombs Rd. (beside IKEA) has only been open for just over a month and already business has been brisk.
“Everyone is loving it,” said Luke Shaheen, who along with Armand Konecsni-Luzny is a managing partner in the fledgling business. “People have already been back several times over and they’re always saying they’re having a great time.”
But Shaheen believes it takes several visits to even begin to truly experience all that The Plex has to offer.
“We want to build an epic facility, and so we want to make sure we take the extra time needed to ensure we meet that goal,” he said, likening the vision to an art project. “It will be interesting to see how it unfolds.”
The active West Coast lifestyle helped to inspire Shaheen and Konecsni-Luzny, a pair of adventure-loving 26-year-old Saskatchewan entrepreneurs, to open the Richmond facility.
It is just the second in what is hoped will be a string of cross-Canada locations. While the Richmond complex is largely similar to the inaugural complex in Saskatoon (which was featured in an episode of “Amazing Race Canada”), each has its own characteristics.
Shaheen said they’ve also tried to keep the increasingly pressed-for-time, on-the-go consumer in mind.
“We’ve tried to set up a place where people can stop by on their way home and get in a quick workout in a fun environment,” said Shaheen. “And many people who regularly exercise on trampolines find it a great workout, most finding they use muscles they didn’t realize they have. It’s a really good cardio workout.”