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BLOOMINGTON — Upward Challenge — a new way to stay physically fit, featuring a zip line and obstacle course challenges — is under construction in east Bloomington.

The $1.3 million facility will be owned by Erin and Derrick Williams, said Bob Dobski, who is an investor in his daughter and son-in-law's business venture.

"If you ever watched the 'American Ninja Warrior' on TV there are obstacle courses in that. This is going to be what they are building," said Dobski.

The center is being built at 4113 E. Oakland Ave. and will open in April or May, he added.

"It is going to be for all ages — from young children to adults. It's not just an indoor playground," said Dobski. "They can come out and compete and have something to do."

The building's high ceiling will accommodate the zipline and climbing features. There will be timing devices so kids can compete for the fastest time in completing an obstacle course. The facility also will provide obstacle course training for sports teams and other groups. 

"It's going to be very unique to the area," said Dobski, who last week announced he is building an upscale restaurant at 801 N. Hershey Road, also on the city's east side.

RobDob's Restaurant and Bar is expected to open in June or early July; the project is estimated to cost between $3.5 and $4 million. 

In January 2017, Bob and Julie Dobski sold their 10 McDonald's restaurants in Bloomington, Normal, McLean and Gibson City.


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