Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park was alive with activity on a recent afternoon with kids of all ages jumping on trampolines, playing dodgeball, shooting hoops and trying the challenging Warrior course.
“We have a lot of innovations,” says Charles Conner, Sky Zone manager. “It’s an experience.”
Located in a large space where an office supply store once was, the indoor recreational center offers a variety of high-intensity activities that are not weather-dependent, Conner points out.
Parents can decide on the spur of the moment to bring their youngsters to Sky Zone, he adds.
“Here you can say, ‘Let’s go jump today.’”
The large recreational facility that opened this past spring has several activity areas including a 19-foot free climbing wall designed for ascents without a harness. If a climber falls, he lands on a five-foot base of foam cubes that cushion the impact.
The SkySlam area has hoops of varying heights to accommodate jumpers of all sizes who want to take aim from a bouncy base. This area is good for kids who come into Sky Zone without a companion, Conner said. SkyHoops, another innovation at the center, features classic arcade basketball with an aerial twist for one-on-one games.
In the Ultimate Dodgeball area, youngsters can compete in games, or just have fun throwing balls across the court. The Skyladder section features a challenging climb on rope ladder suspended over foam. If participants fall, they can get up and try again.
At SkyJoust, youngsters can battle each other with large foam bats while balancing on round pedestals placed over a foam pit.
When participants keep coming to Sky Zone, they get more experienced and confident, Conner says. One of the first guests fell into a foam put and had trouble getting out, he said. However, the girl kept coming back—and now she can do almost everything in the indoor park, he notes.
“She’s always here. It’s fun to see that.”
As youngsters explore various activities on trampolines suspended above the ground, court monitors are monitoring their activities. Typically, there are 10 monitors overseeing participants and assisting them, Conner said.
“Our staff does a good job of finding out how much people want” in terms of guidance he says.
Before trying the courses at Sky Zone, all participants sign liability waivers. If a guest is less than 18 years old, parents or legal guardians must sign the waiver, which can be filled out online to save time.
Sky Zone is an open door facility, and staff does not keep tabs on guests who leave, Conner says. Most parents stay at Sky Zone with their youngsters. A waiting area with tables and chairs is available for them.
Sky Zone has space for group events such as birthday parties, which can be reserved. The center also offers group fitness classes on Wednesday evenings.
Ticket prices range from $11 for 30 minutes of all access activity to $22 for a 120-minute all-access pass. Participants wear identifying stickers and are provided orange socks as foot coverings.
A former marketing director for Nantahala Outdoor Center, Conner has made a transition to a type of recreational activity that offers year-round opportunities in an urban neighborhood—a change he enjoys.
“It’s nice being open where your customers live,” he remarks.
A whitewater rafting enthusiast, Conner also finds time to pursue that activity when not at work.
Sky Zone is an international chain with many locations in the United States and other countries.
For hours of operation, which vary according to season, as well as other information, visit the website at www.skyzone.com/asheville.
By Sandra Barnes