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Terminus Wake Park opens today at noon; what’s next at LakePoint? 


Terminus Wake Park, billed as the “largest cable wake park in the U.S.,” opens at noon Friday. It already is getting rave reviews from the wake board community with plenty of references such as “epic” and “awesome.”

The massive landscaping project has been brewing for months now. Curious folks stopping by the LakePoint Sporting Community and Town Center modular unit just off U.S. 41 and Ga. 293 in Emerson have had a bird’s eye view of the construction. The complex sits between that vista and the Luv’s Travel Stop just off Interstate 75′s Exit 359.

Terminus welcomes beginners to the sport’s elite. As a special opening deal, Terminus is offering 20 percent discounts on normal rates through the end of the 2013 season. Posted rates include two hours for $35 (the board, helmet and vest are extra; combined, the rate is $65).

terminus2Listed hours are 11 a.m. until dark (around 7:15 p.m. these days). The website features a brief description about the sport and how Terminus works. Click AboutGive organizers some credit: While opening later than originally planned, they timed it just right for fall break with Rome and Floyd County school systems.

Photes: The above photo comes from Terminus’ Facebook and shows a ribbon cutting ceremony held Thursday. The one to the right comes from a video taken during the ribbon cutting. It shows a board rider on the way down after a ski jump. That’s the LakePoint modular unit top middle. 

Background/what’s next: That ribbon cutting is symbolic. It does show part of LakePoint up and running after a series of delays since the 1,400-acre sports community with adjoining retail and accommodations was announced on Dec. 17, 2010. Flanked by partners Bobby Cox, Fredi Gonzalez and Ned Yost, the project was presented with great fanfare and dreams of opening in 2012, then this year and now 2014 (the baseball and other sports). Terminus joined the project in March 2012 and is the first to open.

Last December, Bass Pro Shop announced it was building a 100,000-square-foot retail store with plenty of add-ons as part of the LakePoint project. Some key infrastructure for that project also has been approved and look for an opening in late 2014 or 2015. The new Cabela’s is due in 2014 a few miles south off I-75; it is not part of the LakePoint project.