Kennewick — Theres a whole lot of hopping, bouncing and flipping in Kennewick since Get Air Tri-Cities opened. The big grin on 11-year-old Jenna Spracklens face Tuesday says it all. Shes found a new favorite place to play.
The trampoline park recently opened at 731 Columbia Center Blvd., and already it is popular with Tri-City youth, and adults too.
Manager Ryan Hanson of West Richland estimates in the first two days the park was open, 1,000 people came through the doors. Not all of them who came to jump were kids, he said.
Jenna and her mom, Carol, were driving by Tuesday when they spotted the sign.
Weve been watching it for weeks, waiting for it to open, Jenna said.
Shes a two-year veteran of Elite Force Cheer, a competition cheerleading group and is used to jumping and tumbling. Even so, her first visit left Jenna sore but eager to return.
She already is planning a tumbling party with her friends Friday.
Her mother doesnt mind.
Id rather take them there and have them run around and get exercise than take them to the mall. Well definitely be using it, said Carol Spracklen.
Jennas mom said she may even be tempted to try out the trampolines.
Get Air Tri-Cities is owned by Spencer Nead and Mike Clark of Boise. Clark opened his first trampoline park about a year ago in Idaho Falls.
Hanson said hed never heard of anything like Get Air until he was hired to manage the Tri-City facility. Both the Idaho and Kennewick outlets are part of the Get Air management team, based in Utah. So far theyve spread to California, Arizona, New Mexico and now the Northwest.
The Kennewick trampoline park has 10,000 square feet of bounce surface, plus party rooms.
Hanson said the park has every type of trampoline you can imagine. Some run part way up the wall. Take a running start and you can do back flips.
Theres a dodge ball court with a trampoline floor and smaller trampolines where you can launch yourself into a pit of foam blocks.
The foam pits have cameras with an instant replay so as you climb out and check your moves.
Thats my favorite, Jenna said.
Get Air Tri-Cities is open from 3 to 9 p.m. Mondays, from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, and from 10 a.m. to midnight Fridays-Saturdays.
Admission ranges from $6-$9 for children under 5 years for an hour and $7-$11 for those over 6.
Children ages 2 and under are free with a parent.
Call 491-1222 or 430-7433 for more information, or go to www.getairtricities. com.