Indoor trampoline park coming to former YMCA in west Champaign
CHAMPAIGN — An indoor trampoline park is moving into a former Champaign County YMCA building on Country Fair Drive.
Arizona-based Elevate Trampoline Park, which opened a location in July in Peoria, will open another at 707 N. Country Fair Drive, where the Y’s former Family & Fitness Center was located.
“They closed on the property about a week ago,” said Jay Sikorski, the property’s broker for Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty. “They’ll begin construction fairly quickly and hope to be open the first quarter of 2018.”
The building only needs minor adjustments, he said.
“It’s pretty much ready to go,” Sikorski said.
Indoor trampoline parks have become increasingly popular, growing from 40 worldwide in 2011 to more than 600 in the U.S. and 1,000 worldwide by 2017, according to the International Association of Trampoline Parks.
“It’s fun, healthy entertainment for families,” said Bethany Evans, the trade group’s executive vice president. “Last year, indoor trampoline parks welcomed over 60 million jumpers.”
Elevate’s parks typically include lots of trampolines, dodgeball courts, basketball dunk trampolines, foam pits and a kiddie area, and customers pay for jump time in either one- or two-hour increments, said Liz Wilson, partner and general manager for Elevate’s Peoria location.
“We’re excited to come to Champaign,” Wilson said. “We think it will be a hit.”
The Champaign location will use about 24,000 square feet, she said.
Two other indoor trampoline park companies were interested in the property, Sikorski said, including Get Air and Sky Zone.
“This one held its ground and wound up purchasing the building,” he said.
“I’ve been getting calls from … the public wanting to know what’s happening,” he said. “Kids are happy and parents are happy. They’re tired of driving to Bloomington and Peoria.”
Earlier this year, Sky Zone announced plans for a location in Normal. It also has three near Indianapolis and another in Springfield.
The Champaign County YMCA consolidated its Church Street and County Fair Drive locations into the Stephens Family YMCA, which opened in southwest Champaign in 2012.