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The Track lays out $3M renovation plan

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Branson-based The Track Family Fun Parks is marking 30 years in the business by renovating two of its facilities: Track 3, 2505 W. 76 Country Blvd., and Track 4, 3345 W. 76 Country Blvd.

Renovations are under way in the $3 million project, which is expected to be completed in about two years, according to a news release.

"We could not be more thrilled to be reinvesting in our parks," Larry Schmitt, president and co-owner of The Track, said in the release. "Not only will these capital projects have a positive impact on our business, but we also feel like this reinvestment on 76 Country Boulevard will be a benefit for the entire community."

Track 3, home of the Wild Woody track, is adding an additional track - a road-course style track with a capacity of 20 single-rider and 10 double-rider carts. The location also will expand its main guest services building by 3,000 square feet.

A new high-rise track is being built at the Track 4 location. The track, dubbed Heavy Metal High Rise, will be 1,200 linear feet long, four stories high, and will contain more than 200 tons of steel and 700 cubic yards of concrete, the release said.

Springfield's DeWitt & Associates is serving as general contractor for Heavy Metal High Rise.

"From a general contractor’s viewpoint, we are typically involved in constructing very conventional buildings, and a project of this nature with its specialized circular design and distinctive steel structure has made it a rewarding and enjoyable project to be a part of," Randall Ganz, president of DeWitt & Associates, said in the release.

The Track was named the No. 2 employer in the 101 to 300 employees bracket at Springfield Business Journal's 2010 Choice Employers award ceremony.

The company has a year-round full-time staff of 20 employees and typically employs 180 seasonal workers.[[In-content Ad]]

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