A professional paintball player looking to bring a facility to the Columbus area identified Jackson Township for a possible location.

A professional paintball player looking to bring a facility to the Columbus area identified Jackson Township for a possible location.

On May 5, the Jackson Township Board of Trustees heard a presentation from Dave Pando, marketing director of Paintball Sports Promotions, a tournament provider in the paintball industry. He is also former marketing director for the San Diego-based Dye Precision Inc.

"I'm a professional paintball player, which does exist," Pando said. "I'm proposing we bring some of these to Jackson Township."

No formal proposal has been submitted, but Pando presented to the trustees an idea for a Jackson Township Adventure Park, an outdoor facility that would feature paintball courses and space as its centerpieces along with Airsoft games, a pro shop, snack bar and free activities such as jump houses, a playground and other children's activities.

"We thought we'd at least feel out and see if there was an interest," Pando said.

The goal, Pando said, is to bring a paintball facility nearer to the Columbus region, and Jackson Township is a convenient location to accomplish that. One site being considered for the facility is near the northeast intersection of state Route 665 and Harrisburg Pike. The surrounding area is nonresidential.

"We've looked at several places in central Ohio, but Jackson Township is of particular interest to us," said John Wicks, owner of Real Property Design and Development LLC in Westerville, who is working with Pando. "Our goal is to get something opened either late summer or early fall."

The facility, Pando said, is designed to have a low impact on the environment. While there would be netting and other obstacles for courses, everything would be designed to be portable and temporary. No outside ammo would be permitted; ammo sold on the site is nontoxic and biodegradable.

"The game itself itself is intense and fun," Pando said. "The atmosphere of the facility is very laid-back."

The site is zoned for agricultural use, and a paintball site would require approval from the township's Zoning Commission. Pando and Wicks said they are still examining other potential sites and that a final decision for a location will be made within the next couple of weeks.

In other news from Jackson Township:

* The trustees concluded their meeting with an executive session to discuss personnel matters with Township Administrator Mike Lilly and Fire Chief Rick Dawson. Trustee Chairman David Burris motioned to move into executive session, and Trustee Stephen Bowshier seconded. The vote was unanimous.