Trampoline park jumps ahead

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    Demolition of the former Purdue Bros and All Lay Carpets buildings on the corner of Nith and Tyne Sts has started, making way for a new trampoline park. Photo: Hayden Williams

    CHILDREN and adults alike will be jumping at the chance to try out a new attraction coming to Invercargill.

    Former owners of RJ Models and Toys, John and Robyn Smart, are opening a trampoline park on the corner of Nith and Tyne Sts, a site owned by HWR Property.

    Mr Smart said trampoline parks were a “huge growth industry” and Invercargill was probably the only city in New Zealand without one.

    “If we didn’t do it, someone else would have,” he said.

    “Invercargill is evolving… we are getting to the stage where we are having offerings to the Invercargill public that you would get in any other major city in New Zealand, which is very exciting,” he said.

    Stage one of the development was to build a 1500sqm building containing a large main trampoline, three Olympic-sized trampolines, two basketball hoops with mini trampolines, a large foam pit with mini trampolines and a dodgeball trampoline area, along with upstairs party rooms, viewing platform and toilets.

    Mr Smart said the number of staff needed to run the facility was yet to be determined, but he expected to start with about eight to 10 casual staff and several permanent employees.

    HWR property and projects manager Sue Hill said it was an exciting development for the city.

    “Kids are not very well catered for [in Invercargill] at the moment.

    “This will be an attractive building and will be a fun place for kids to go.”

    The park is expected to be open in late October/early November.

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