The Track Family Fun Parks Reopen At Full Speed After Tornado Damage
Not long ago, the Leap Day Tornado laid a path of destruction through Branson's Track 4 facility (3345 W. 76 Country Blvd.). Just 86 days later, the Track 4 experience again welcomed families with excellent service and attractions. The tornado affected the main building, some of the attractions, and the mini golf course on the property.
"Like many in Branson, we feel very fortunate that no one was seriously injured and that the damage was not worse," said Craig Wescott, President/Co-Owner of The Track Family Fun Parks. "Our internal team and contractors worked very hard to get us back open by Memorial Day Weekend so we could serve visiting families at that location this summer."
Large light poles, fencing, utility infrastructure, mini golf course structures, roofing, and other elements were damaged and replaced or repaired. The main building on the property, which included the primary sales area, an arcade and offices, was destroyed and had to be torn down. Temporary sales booths are being used this summer. According to Wescott, the building will be rebuilt after Labor Day. "Not having a main building on park is temporary, and we will have the chance to build it better than before as a result of the circumstances. The biggest losses on the property are actually the big trees that provided beauty and shade to our employees and guests. We can't replace trees that have been there for 30 years, but we are adding shade structures where we can to help that situation."
Fortunately, the new 4-story go-kart track, Heavy Metal High Rise, and the 100-foot-tall Skycoaster attraction received no structural damage and only required minimal clean-up and attention to be ready for visitors again.
The other Track facilities sustained little or no damage. Track 3, located at 2505 W. 76 Country Blvd., sustained minimal debris damage and reopened two days after the storm. The other facilities received no damage and opened according to schedule. With the reopening of Track 4, all facilities are open daily this summer and ready to provide families with a great entertainment experience.
About The Track Family Fun Parks:
The Track Family Fun Parks started entertaining local and visiting families in 1981. The four Branson, Missouri locations offer high-rise and classic go-kart tracks for all ages, laser tag, bumper boats/cars, mini golf, kids' rides, arcades, and more with no gate admission charge. www.bransontracks.com