Huddled around several plates of pizza, the MacCluer family of Sherwood was bowling Friday afternoon at Langer's: Since 1879 Entertainment Center, which had officially opened to the public a little more than an hour earlier.
"It's great," said Gavin MacCluer of the 54,000-square-foot Sherwood complex that features everything from an elaborate ropes course to laser tag.
MacCluer's daughter, Leah, said so far bowling was her favorite activity at the indoor center, especially because the individual electronic scoreboards take the faces of bowlers and transform them into funny caricatures.
"It's a hit with the kids, that's for sure," said Leah's mother, Karri MacCluer.
And, added her son Owen, "The pizza's really good."
The facility, planned by Matt Langer with the help of his wife Nikki, was a long time in the making.
While Matt was out of town on the opening day due a previously planned trip, Nikki, said she was thrilled to see the facility complete.
"It's so exciting to see everyone come in and (to see the look on) their faces," she said. "I started crying because … it's been 12 years since we started talking about this and working on it."
One of the popular attractions is the ropes course, she said.
The course is on two levels with eight platforms per level containing 10 elements and a final obstacle that ends with a rope ladder up to a bell. (The bell, like many of the artifacts inside the facility, came from the Langer family.) The course was built by Tree-Mendous, a New York-based company that specializes in aerial adventures, which are usually located out of doors.
"What's really unique about this is the location," said Scott Panida, the facility's ropes course/rock wall operations supervisor. "I've never seen a ropes course inside a facility."
Panida said they even had a rescue ropes specialists check out the course, reporting back that they thought the second level of the course was particularly challenging.
On the north wall of Langer's entertainment complex Friday, Raylan Flowers of Newberg was on his third trip up the 46-foot-tall rock climbing wall. (He had already made it to the top once.)
"It was fun," the 6 year old said.
"I love it. It's great," his father, Tim Flowers said of Langer's. "I think this is better than Big Al's."
Walking through the arcade portion of the facility, Jonathan and Karen Hawes said they were impressed with the center as well.
"We know the Langers and we're so excited," said Karen Hawes. "It's just going to be a great thing for this community."
Other highlights inside the complex include:
• 50 full-size arcade games – including Skee-Ball and a huge Space Invaders machine.
• 22 lanes of bowling downstairs and four lanes upstairs (which can be rented out for private parties).
• A two-story Pacific Northwest-themed laser tag attraction.
• Timber Town, a jungle gym and slide for younger children
• A guest services entry counter that doubles as an espresso bar with a working water wheel attached to the side of it.
• An upper level bar called the Tack Room, which includes a fully stocked bar for adults (there's one downstairs as well) with bar tops made from a red sequoia tree that was felled by lightning last year on the nearby Langer family farm. Focal points in the tack room include a chandelier made of antlers as well Langer family memorabilia above the bar.
"I think it's absolutely beautiful and it's exactly what the community of Sherwood needed," said Holly Dotter, event manager for Langer's. "What's really cool is seeing people's reactions when they first come in."
Langer's Entertainment Center
Langer's: Since 1879 Entertainment Center is open 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays; and 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., Fridays and Saturdays.
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