An idea sprung into the head of 24-year contractor Barry Jenkins as he stepped into an indoor trampoline park in Glendale in 2011.
“I could build one of these,” he told his wife and kids.
Despite any looks of doubt they may have given him, Jenkins backed up his words when he completed Arizona Air Time in Scottsdale six months later.
Now, he’s doing it again in Tucson.
Located at 3931 W. Costco Dr. in what was once a PetSmart, the newest Arizona Air Time will open its doors on Oct. 19, revealing 12,000 square feet of trampolines making up the floors and walls.
“It’s going to be a first-class trampoline park,” said Jenkins.
The facility, which will be open to people of all ages, will also feature designated VIP and birthday areas, basketball hoops, a snack bar, free Wi-Fi, vending machines, ICEE’s, Dippin’ Dots, and Mama’s Pizza.
Dodgeball tournaments will also be held there regularly, and are expected to be a big attraction, Jenkins adds.
“It’ll be like dodgeball on steroids,” said Jenkins. “You’ll be able to bounce and throw like in ‘The Matrix.’”
Two dodgeball courses will be available, and foam balls used in the games to prevent injury.
Such safety precautions are being taken in all other areas of the trampoline park – from the staff, all certified in first response and CPR, to the architectural standards. The goal is to prevent, or at least reduce injury.
“Anytime you have gravity involved in something – it doesn’t matter if it’s soccer, baseball, basketball, football – your risk of injury goes up,” acknowledges Jenkins, who sits on the American Society for Testing and Materials, an international board that examines safety standards.
Still, he argues, at a trampoline park such as his with the proper safety precautions in place, the chance of injury is far less than with other physical activities.
“We’ve done so many studies – because all anybody wants to do is look at the danger aspect – that show we are even safer than Pee Wee soccer,” he said. “It is far more dangerous to drive to a trampoline facility than it is to jump in one, and our numbers reflect that given the high number of people jumping and low number of doctor visits. The numbers are staggering.”
Another staggering number – about 30,000 people enter the Scottsdale facility each month, a number Jenkins expects to trump at the Tucson location due to the area’s demographic.
Those people will reap the benefits of the park, which are not limited to fun only.
“These parks are responsible for keeping so many people in shape due to the cardio workout they get when they come here,” said Jenkins. “It’s good for preventing childhood obesity, and it’s also good for older people who want to build strength.”
Due to the anticipated popularity, Jenkins encourages people to take advantage of a new point of sale system to-be implemented, which allows guests to buy “Air Time” online.
Birthday parties or other private parties will be able to be booked online as well.
This will reserve a customer’s or group’s time at the facility regardless of the door crowd.
Jenkins also recommends that the mandatory waiver be filled out online for expediency.
Arizona Air Time is a regular contributor to Scottsdale-area charities, and will continue that trend in Tucson after opening.
Pricing and hours are likely to reflect the Scottsdale facility. That information can be viewed at azairtime.com.