Trampoline park will fill former Sports Authority on Milwaukee Street
Altitude Trampoline Park, a six-year-old national recreational trampoline company based in Colleyville, Texas, will end the two-year vacancy at the former Sports Authority space on Milwaukee Street.
Sports Authority departed from Boise’s Milwaukee Street July 31, 2016 and the 45,200-square-foot space behind Barnes & Noble had no takers until now.
“We were fortunate to get Altitude,” said Bob Mitchell, the Thornton Oliver Keller broker who sealed the deal.
The space is the third of five former Sports Authority stores in Idaho to find a new use – all nontraditional for retail space – since the national sports retailer folded in 2016. CircusTrix, also a trampoline park, filled the Sports Authority in Nampa; and A SPiCRM call center now occupies a former Sports Authority space in Coeur d’Alene. The stores in Lewiston and Idaho Falls still have no tenants but a lease could be close for Idaho Falls.
“It’s just a matter of trying to be creative,” Mitchell said. “Any building can be used for a variety of purposes. Retail is always going to evolve. ”
The Sports Authority and Barnes & Noble building originally was a Grocery Warehouse. Mitchell noted the building has 25-foot ceilings, ideal for a trampoline park and not all that common in the Treasure Valley.
Erik Hamilton moved from Park City, Utah, to open the first Altitude Trampoline Park in Idaho – the third in the Pacific Northwest. A Spokane Altitude opened early in June; there is another in Marysville, Washington. Altitudes in Boise; Portland, Oregon; Jordan, Utah; and Bellevue, Washington are under construction.
Hamilton put the Altitude sign up June 22 and expects to open in September or October. Phase Zero Design of Simsbury, Connecticut is the architect. Datum Construction of Meridian is the general contractor.
The Boise park will be one of the larger of the 56 Altitude parks now open in 23 states. Another 43 are under construction in existing states plus eight more states. Boise will have nearly all of the Altitude offerings, including performance trampoline, trapeze, rock walls, basketball and dodgeball, Hamilton said.
Hamilton initially looked at opening a trampoline park in the Salt Lake City market but said there was a lot of trampoline competition there and real estate was tougher to get. He also looked at St. George, Utah.
“When you look at the demographics, Boise is trending in the right direction,” he said.
Trampoline parks nationally became the rage in the 2010s.
Other trampoline parks in the Treasure Valley include locally owned and independent JumpTime in Boise and Meridian, and franchise operations CircusTrix in Nampa, Urban Air in Meridian and Fly High Adventure Parks in Boise, all opened in recent years. JumpTime was the first to open, in 2010. The International Association of Trampoline Parks was only founded in 2012.
“I would say we are oversaturated now,” said Chad Babcock, owner of JumpTime, who has a third trampoline park in Twin Falls and is building a fourth in Bozeman, Montana, set to open in December. “Not everybody does their homework as they should. We may be the fastest-growing state but we’re not that big.”