After hearing this park was under new management the family decided to give it a go. Here are some things that were both positve and negative:
1. Safety was always stressed.
2. Big well kempt field.
3. Getting there through the intestines of Palm Bay is long. The last few miles on the dirt road isn't the most pleasant.
4. The gentleman operating the field for today was nice, but a few bricks shy of a full load when it came to doing things paintball related. Had a problem with the Co2, couldn't get it to fill. He first tried to refund my money for the air, then use the air tanks, charging me the rental fee for them. After a short discussion he let us just use them.
5. Ref's try to do a good job. They need to work on their communications skills. I brought up a few concerns and they were very prompt rectifying things.
6. The painballs they use are expensive and horrible. Very small and not so round. For 50 bucks a case they could get much better paint.
7. This place has the most non trusting group of players I have ever seen. Maybe they are used to alot of cheaters. I have never been paint checked so many times by the ref's because the opposing team kept yelling "Oh he was hit" . Of course the ref would check me, they would move and I had no idea where they went. Apparently they do not believe in integrity.
8. No speddball there. I was fine with it, son and friends would have like to play a few games of it.
9. They are not under new management. It is still invincibles, though the same person isn't physically working at the park any longer.
10. Game turnover was very slow. Up to 20 minutes a few times.
11. Overall impression:
I think the folks there have some decent ideas, but they need to get the lead out of their butts and get it going. Ref's need to make sure they are on the same page as one another to help keep the level of confusion low.
Players need to act more responsibly. Don't call out for paint checks everytime the marker is fired. Slows up the game and aggravates the ones that play honestly. If someone wipes off, that's on him/her.
Get better paint or allow BYOP and increase the fee 5 dollars for that.
Advertise to get the word out that the park is being operated with the intions of making it a great spot to go.
Not sure if I will be going back in the near future. If the website gets updated as the park does and show the improvements it's made, then maybe. Otherwise it's not worth the drive.
Last edited on Monday, March 9th, 2009 at 4:49 am PST