Revivify Church to purchase former Adventure Crossing
The Buzz on Biz learned on Thursday, June 8 that the Revivify Church on Columbia Road plans to relocate its church to the old Adventure Crossing property on Wheeler Road and bring back some of the fun missing since early November of 2016. It will take about $256,000 more from the community to do so.
“We want to create a community center to revitalize Adventure Crossing,” Revivify Pastor Jason Mitchem said.
Mitchem said the church has signed a contract to purchase the 19 acre property and some of the leftover arcade machines, go Karts, miniature golf and more.
“Our sanctuary will be where the laser tag rooms used to be,” said Mitchem.
Details are still being worked out to welcome area children after school during the week to participate in the low or no cost community center and make Adventure Crossing open to the community on the weekends.
In a statement from the church, they say that “Revivify was never intended to just be a Sunday church.” They want to reach out to the community seven days a week to fulfill that mission. In addition to the fun activities that already exist at the church’s new property, the church will offer year-round programs, classes, attractions and events for the community.
“We’d also love to use this as a place to have church groups come on Saturdays,” said Mitchem. “We’re not in competition with any church in town. We’re not trying to build our church because we’ve already built our church.”
According to its website, Revivify has raised $44,000 of the necessary $300,000 for the down payment to meet a November 1 deadline in time for the closing on the property.
The purchase price was undisclosed, but Mitchem said the new owners of the property have a heart for the church and that after careful prayer, the final purchase price was an offer they could not refuse.
News 12 first reported in November of 2016 that the original landowners of Adventure Crossing sold the land—and forced the closing of the park, then owned by Michael Brown.
“It’s going to be very missed and I think people will really realize what a gem it is now that it’s no longer here,” said Brown told a News 12 reporter. Twenty-five people lost their jobs, including eight full-timer employees.
To watch a video from Revivify on this project, visit ipledgeadventure.com.