Leetsdale trampoline park scheduled to open May 1

| Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Joel Karge's new franchise makes him and his customers a little jumpy, and that's the way it's supposed to be.

Karge is the new owner and manager of Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, which is scheduled to open May 1 at 740 Brickworks Road in Leetdale Industrial Park.

The park will feature trampolines on which visitors can play dodgeball and basketball, try Sky Aerobics or just jump around.

There are 33 Sky Zones nationwide, including the Leetsdale facility.

“This is near and dear to my heart to see families do this,” Karge said.

“There have been many times the parents drop the kids off and stay and watch (at other locations). You can just see it in their eyes, and then they ask if they can jump, too.”

Karge said Leetsdale was the perfect location, because of ceiling height requirements.

“It's a unique challenge to locate that type of building,” Karge said.

For Ohio native Karge, who has a background in franchise work, the idea to open his own Sky Zone started with his son.

A friend had invited him to go to Sky Zone, and at the time, Karge and a business associate were looking for a new venture. After conducting some research, Karge said he immediately knew he wanted to get involved.

Owners of Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park received approval from Leetsdale's zoning hearing board with conditions, board President Tom Belcastro said.

The facility will get an occupancy permit when a barrier, fence or guardrail is placed along Brickworks Road to protect walkers from traffic.

The facility will hold 12,000 square feet of trampoline space with 9-foot-by-9 foot trampoline squares connected by chains.

There also will be dodgeball and basketball courts where participants play the games on trampolines.

Prices will range from $10 for 30 minutes to $20 for 2 hours. Sky Jam sessions from 10 p.m. to midnight Saturdays for ages 16 and older and Sky Mania sessions from 9 to 11 p.m. Fridays for children ages 10 to 15 will be $18.

Karge said aside from having fun, participants also get exercise while jumping, whether on their own or with a Sky Aerobics class consisting of general aerobic moves adapted for the trampoline.

“It's an incredible place. There's not a lot of places families can spend quality time together where it doesn't revolve around food,” Karge said.

Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1406 or jbarron@tribweb.com.

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