5 things to know about the northwest's new trampoline park

2013-10-17T00:00:00Z 5 things to know about the northwest's new trampoline parkBy Phil Villarreal Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The area’s newest trampoline park opens this weekend in Marana.

AZ Air Time owner Barry Jenkins, who opened his first location in Scottsdale in 2011, will open his second at 3931 W. Costco Drive on Saturday.

Here are five things to know about the new attraction.

1. Safety is the focus

Jenkins said he’s aware of serious injury problems at many trampoline facilities, and said he and his staff do all they can to prevent them. His staffers undergo several weeks of training, and are taught to strictly monitor dangerous activity and remove customers who aren’t following rules. He said the padding in the facility surpasses industry standards, and that in the two years the Scottsdale location has been open there have been no spine or head injuries.

2. Younger kids will not be crowded out

There’s a zone dedicated to kids ages 6 and younger, and the total number of jumpers is capped at 200, in order to give jumpers space and make it easier for parents to keep track of their children.

There is also plenty of opportunity for grownups to join in the fun.

“The beauty of it is we have grandparents jumping with grandkids and teenagers,” Jenkins said. “We really cater to a large demographic group, from toddlers all the way up to grandparents, who are able to utilize it and have a fun experience.”

3. There’s plenty to do.

The jumping zone is divided into several areas, such as free jumping, basketball, dodgeball and a foam pit. Jumpers pay by the hour, starting at $11, with rates varying depending on the time of day and day of the week.

There’s an 8-foot high trampoline on the wall that people can bounce off of, then onto the trampoline below. When it’s time to rest, there’s a snack bar and an area to sit and watch outside the jumping zone.

4. Parents can have fun, for free, without taking their shoes off.

There’s no cost to walk into the facility and watch the mayhem from the designated seating area. Free Wi-Fi and widescreen TVs on the walls are there to help parents get some work done and keep up with sporting events while their kids burn off their energy.

“Parents can go in and socialize, or sit and be productive on their computer while their kids are jumping,” Jenkins said. “We’ve got dads who come in on the weekends and watch football all day as their kids play.”

5. The owner wanted to open the park in Tucson first.

Jenkins planned to open the first AZ Air Time in Tucson, but couldn’t find a facility that fit his needs. Now he’s fulfilled the original plan by opening a Tucson-area AZ Air Time in a 26,000-square-foot building, next to Costco, that formerly housed a PetSmart.

“l spent about a month in Tucson, every day, looking for buildings,” he said. “We were told that the PetSmart building was going to be available in October, but we couldn’t wait that long so we opened in Scottsdale first.”

The Scottsdale location paved the way for this one by drawing more than 30,000 people a month. Jenkins hopes the new location will be just as popular.

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