Erv Wagner began shooting arrows at insolent targets in 1956, and since then he has earned a national title and maintained active membership in the National Field Archery Association, the Iowa Bow Hunter Association, and Mid-Iowa Archers. He passed down his love of outdoor sport to his son, and together they run Archery Field & Sports. They outfit first-time archers with the appropriate gear before granting tailored instruction at group or private lessons. Guests can test their aim at a 45-yard indoor range or inhale Mother Nature's fresh breath while shooting at a 20-target outdoor range. Those in need of a little more color can square off against opponents and drab blades of grass at the outdoor paintball field. Their pro shop dispenses the necessary paintballs, along with archery and hunting supplies.
An indoor baseball, softball, and soccer training facility, The Batter's Box provides athletes of all ages a year-round spot to improve their skills. Balls and bats clack at nine different baseball and softball areas—including six automated batting cages and a bullpen tunnel—where pitchers practice throwing from the stretch and learn what it takes to not be a belly itcher. Under the same roof, a 5,000-square-foot oasis of AstroTurf sprawls before soccer players, and professional instructors dish out coaching tips to individuals or groups during lessons.
Brenton Skating Plaza's outdoor ice-skating rink is comprised of a 120'x60' sheet of ice that can hold up to 220 skaters. There, skaters?equipped with one of 450 pairs of skates available for rent?can cut lines through the ice in the open air, surrounded by all-glass boards. Throughout the season, which stretches from November to March, the rink hosts skating lessons, broomball games, and public skating.
Ichi Bike’s technicians ensure smooth two-wheeled transport for bicyclists through a complete inventory of custom bicycles and parts, in addition to breathing life into bikes by way of comprehensive tune-ups. The team purveys new bikes as well as parts to keep their current set rolling smoothly, and these wares are available in the shop and Ichi Bike's online store. In the nonvirtual location, framed and unframed artwork hugs vivid, orange walls, and a steer skull imbues the establishment with a whimsical trace of Western décor, making it unnecessary to hang a photo of John Wayne falling off his first unicycle.
When it first opened in 2008, the inventory at Kyle's Bikes aligned more closely with its name. The shop originally just housed gear for cyclists: bikes, helmets, and cycling apparel. But as its clientele and their needs grew, so did the merchandise on its walls and racks.
Today, Kyle's Bikes caters to more than just cyclists?it also accommodates runners and triathletes. In addition to cycles bearing brand names such as Jamis and Specialized, you'll also find Brooks, Asics, and Altra Zero Drop running shoes. Plus, technicians will also care for ailing bikes with tune-up and repair services if they're riding unsteadily or refusing to eat.
Hop-A-Lot Rentals spices up birthday bashes and neighborhood gatherings with colorful inflatables that invite partygoers to ricochet around themed houses, whoosh down slides, and clamber through obstacle courses. Hop-A-Lot’s staffers arrive on time to set up colorful bounce houses decorated with cartoon princesses, sports images, or UN ambassadors. In addition to enlivening events with inflatables, Hop-A-Lot Rentals entertains revelers with carnival attractions such as tic-tac-toe, a ring toss, and a balloon-popping dart game.