Family-oriented Facility Opens in Lakewood Ranch


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, September, 13, 2013 – Yet another family-oriented attraction was added recently at Lakewood Ranch, already one of the most popular residential and commercial developments in Southwest Florida. This new addition is Jumpin’ Fun Sports, the first trampoline park in the area. It occupies 13,000 square feet at 7321 Trade Court which was formerly home to Sanborn Studios in the Corporate Park of Lakewood Ranch.

The trampoline park can accommodate 105 jumpers at a time and was inspired by a similar facility in Tampa. Besides the recreational value and high-intensity fitness that this air-conditioned facility offers, it can likewise be a venue for family fun and bonding. In addition to family nights, dodgeball and team nights, fundraisers for area schools are also among the activities that are being lined up at the trampoline park. It is equipped with coordinated sound and lighting and has a food concession stand. For the jumpers’ chaperones, guardians or parents, the facility also offers a comfortable waiting lounge with high-definition TVs.

Popularity picking up

Trampoline parks are likewise gaining popularity in South Florida. Just this April, one opened at Coconut Creek—the Off the Wall Trampoline Fun Center—occupying a former Publix Supermarket.  In Deerfield, there’s Planet Air Sports, while Doral is home to the Sky Zone; both parks opened last year. Sky Zone also has a trampoline park in Orlando and is likewise set to open another in Pompano Beach before year-end, one of its 12 franchises set for development across the U.S.

Recreational trampoline centers first gained popularity in 1959–1960, but public interest waned because of the parks’ high accident rate. Sky Zone was instrumental in the trampoline parks’ revival in 2004 when the arena in Las Vegas for a new sport combining football and basketball it launched instead gained popularity as a trampoline center. For added safety precautions, the new facilities were designed as wall-to-wall trampolines.

A bounty in recreational options


As of last year, there are about 1,500 trampoline parks across the U.S., and their number is rising by 20 to 25 a year. It is estimated that a typical trampoline center attracts annually about 200,000 patrons who are charged rates from $8 to $14 an hour. At the Lakewood Ranch facility, $12 is charged per head fir a one-hour jump session, $20 for two hours, and an option for 10 sessions at $100.

Other sports and recreational facilities available to residents and visitors of Lakewood Ranch include golf courses, polo and cricket grounds, and an athletic center with a junior Olympic fool and physical fitness facilities supervised by professional instructors. The master planned development is also home to the Premier Sports Campus consisting of more than 140 acres designed for a variety of field-related events.

Among the outdoor activities the campus hosts are soccer, youth football, flag football, punt/pass/kick football, archery, field hockey, and rugby. Any of its 22 fields can also be a venue for Special Olympics, ultimate Frisbee, and senior games. Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch is likewise home to the flag football teams of the local YMCA and other local football leagues.