Work underway on Safari Trampoline Park in Williston, North Dakota

A bounce in the city’s step: Commission OK’s support for trampoline parkSafari Trampoline Park LogoA new Williston business might make residents literally jump for joy.

At Thursday’s City Commission meeting, it was announced that American Amusement Authority, LLC would be developing a large-scale trampoline park within the city of Williston.

“I’m excited to announce this,” said Shawn Wenko, executive director for Williston Economic Development. “This is a project we’ve been working on since July of 2017. We’re happy to see this come to fruition.”

Construction has already begun on Safari Trampoline Park, which will be located at the corners of 32nd Avenue and 26th Street, in the Harvest Hills area.

The building itself will be 25,000 square feet and will feature about 13,000 square feet of trampoline space. For those who aren’t interested in high-flying antics, a large space will be dedicated to an arcade, a 3D gaming center and bumper cars. And just in case all that excitement leaves you famished, the complex will have a kitchen and food court area. There will be a second level to the park, which for a short time will be used for offices and private meeting areas, with future plans to install other activities, such as mini-golf.

The nearest attraction of this type is located in Minot, so the Safari Trampoline Park will not only save residents a drive, but city officials hope it will attract people from neighboring communities as well. Parents in the community have long lamented the lack of options for children’s activities, with many frequently turning to social media to find places to hold events such as birthday parties. With the opening of the Williston ARC in 2014, those options were expanded greatly. This new facility with not only give parents and residents another venue to hold such events, but give children another place for them to play.

“Aside from more retail options, a trampoline park is one of the most common requests we receive,” Wenko said. “We have heard a lot lately from kids in our community who want a trampoline park.”

The Williston City Commission announced financial support of the $2.8 million project at Thursday’s meeting at city hall. The STAR Fund and Bank of North Dakota approved funds through their Flex PACE Interest Buy-down program. The program, which benefits projects that improve the quality of life in Williston, has committed up to $82,000 from the STAR Fund with up to an additional $164,000 from Bank of North Dakota.

Source: Williston Herald

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