Sky Zone’s extreme indoor recreation park promises thrills for all ages

Sky Zone’s indoor recreation park planned for Tacoma will feature a ninja warrior course, popularized by NBC network’s “American Ninja Warrior.” Photo courtesy of Sky Zone

Those itching for an extreme indoor recreation experience locally are in for a treat later this year when Sky Zone will open its newest indoor recreation park property at 1680 S. Mildred St., across from Tacoma Community College.

“We’re impressed by (Sky Zone’s) proven history of providing fun in a safe environment,” said Val Gregory, partner at Canyon Rim Capital, which is a franchise development partner and will open and operate the franchise park. “We (manage) a number of different parks, and we really like the Pacific Northwest and the Tacoma area. A park such as this will be well-served by the Tacoma area.”

The 30,000-square-foot indoor park will feature many of the innovative attractions Sky Zone has been known for since creating the world’s first all-walled trampoline playing court in 2004. These attractions will include ninja obstacle courses, zipline, euro trampolines, stunt fall, air floor, large freestyle course, trampoline dodge ball, and trapeze. Children and adults can enjoy a light meal, drinks, and snacks in the full-service café, while also taking breaks between attractions in the comfortable waiting area that features Wi-Fi and charging stations.

The indoor park will be one of 200 parks nationwide under the Sky Zone brand. The next nearest Sky Zone-branded park is in Vancouver, Wash. Gregory said the Mildred Street site is an existing building that had to undergo extensive renovations to make it workable for Sky Zone’s specifications.

“We’ve identified the layout for the space, where we match up and mirror the attractions with the building, that it provides good flow and keeps safety in mind,” Gregory said. “We spent (time) at Sky Zone corporate based out of Los Angeles and worked with design people to build out the park. A safety coordinator signs off on it, then finalizes any changes to attractions. Then it’s in the process of going to an architect that will design out the park to every nuance and detail.”

A feature of the design indicates four party rooms.

“On Saturdays, those will be booked out for parties,” Gregory said. “It’s a safe place to celebrate.”

Gregory and his team promise that the indoor park will be entertaining and engaging for adults, also. Low-impact activities like freestyle jump, ultimate dodge ball, and SkyFit fitness classes are ideal for employee team-building activities, corporate events, and other group engagements.

Jeff Platt, chief executive officer of Sky Zone, said Canyon Rim Capital brings a wealth of experience in park management.

“We are pleased to work closely with the partners of Canyon Rim Capital and believe their operational background combined with our industry experience are a great fit for developing this Sky Zone in Tacoma,” Platt said.

The indoor park is projected to serve upwards of 15,000 guests per month. The park will support approximately 200 part-time and full-time staff. Anticipated opening date is Sept. 1.

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