After years spent navigating the McKenzie River, the guides at McKenzie River Adventures struck upon the ideal 7-mile stretch: 28 rapids, crystal-clear waters, and forest on both shores. Today, they invite people of all ages and levels to experience the thrill of whitewater paddling. In addition to years of rafting experience, the guides tout CPR and first aid certifications as well as river-rescue training. Since they're also skilled instructors, budding paddlers can expect safety and paddling orientations before they shove off. Guides also provide all sojourners with boxed lunches, and will snap photos of rafters en route to catch pet salmon.
Videogame aficionados unite at Pixel Battles, where Xbox 360s, Wii Us, PlayStation 3s, Kinects, 3D gaming, and a retro room tempt fingers with the newest digital challenges. One of the only video game venues in the area allows players to cozy up to black leather chairs and plasma TV screens to test their skills. Gamers can settle into the latest games with friends on multiple plasma TV screens. In addition to individual gaming, Pixel Battles also hosts themed birthday parties, special events, and tournaments to help gamers battle in healthy competition.
At On the Move Fitness, instructor Lyida Espinoza motivates her students to tone and shape their bodies through the fun, invigorating workouts of Zumba. Combining the infectious rhythms of Latin music with muscle-toning and fat-burning aerobic exercise, Zumba entertains as it slims and strengthens the body.
After leading more than 12,000 personal-training sessions, Dr. Kevin Plummer has yet to get bored. That's because every one of his workouts is customized to the client—and his client base tends to be quite diverse. He's developed routines for new moms, competitive athletes, brides-to-be, and people looking to lose weight, as well as those who simply want to get toned.
His programs cover workouts that consist of a warmup, planned exercises, and interval training or flexibility work, all conducted in a private or semi-private setting. Dr. Plummer also provides insights on nutrition and stress management, monitoring each client's progress with regular fitness reports.
The seasoned head guide of Oregon River Excursions and the McKenzie River are worthy adversaries. Armed with 10 years of guiding experience and secure rafts, he leads groups down through portions of the river's churning rapids on full-day excursions. On trips, rafters come ashore for a fully catered lunch or to test whether their arms have turned into flippers yet.
Splash! at Lively Park provides Oregon residents with safe, warm year-round access to watery fun. The venue features a waterslide, a flooded basketball court, lap pool, and a wave pool, amongst more relaxing activities such as splashing in the pool or enjoying a hot tub. Splash! participates in local outreach programs, such as providing swimming lessons for every fourth-grader in the Springfield school district. The enormous space accommodates rentals for events with up to 1,000 people, dishing hot eats to fill bellies from its concessions stand. During warmer months, the outside playground and sundeck provide places to soak up sunshine and feel the sea-driven breeze.