A Cirque du Soleil-style exercise and entertainment center may soon be coming to Lake Mary, with local residents the stars of the show.
Former members of the avante guard performance troupe are close to signing a lease for a 48,000-square-foot building off Lake Emma Road, and would have contractors transform it into an array of exercise attractions, including a "Ninja" obstacle course, an aerial rope and zip-line, and an inflatable obstacle playground.
The trio of owners all have affiliations with Cirque du Soleil and plan to give the new offering the same sense of excitement and phenomena, said Andrei Roublev, who was with the traveling troupe as a trapeze artist from 1998 to 2004, and now operates Orlando Circus School and Orlando Flying Trapeze.
The other two partners are Natalia Bashkatova, who is a principal artist with Cirque du Soleil show La Nouba, and Yuri Maioroy, who is a creator/coach for the troupe, according to Roublev.
Attractions planned for what the partners are calling Planet Obstacle include a 15,000-square foot trampoline, a cargo net obstacle course and a tumbling track with a 350-foot foam pit landing.
The partners are seeking from Lake Mary a zoning allowance for a conditional use of the Agriculture-zoned property.
After that, they hope to get work underway by summer and take the next several months outfitting the building with equipment from all over the world.
Roublev chose Lake Mary for the Planet Obstacle because "there is nothing like it in the area."
Indeed, there are not many places with bungee trampolines, that rely on harnesses and bungee chords to allow participants to fly around and do sky high aerial flips.
Roublev, Bashkatova and Maioroy are billing Planet Obstacle as a family entertainment center.
But, Roublev said, the facility could also be used for fitness purposes, with its equipment offering aerobic benefits as well.