The new Urban Air Adventure Park at 48th Street and Ray Road in Ahwatukee promises an unusual combination of exercise and fun activities for children and adults when it opens this Saturday.
Special to AFN

Urban Air Adventure Park has delayed by a week the grand opening of its Ahwatukee playground.

The 24,000-square-foot facility, which is using part of the old Sports Authority building on the northeast corner of 48th Street and Ray Road, was to have a soft opening today, Jan. 19, with first responders invited as guests and a full opening Saturday.

"Everything is pushed back a week," a spokeswoman said of the full-service family entertainment center, where people of all ages can dodge, dip, duck and dive off Olympic-size trampolines and bounce-house-like walls and even swing in harnesses from the ceiling.

She gave no reason for the delay.

That means that the first 100 people in line at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, will get to take part in a jump contest with Phoenix Suns player Davon Reed. That first 100 also will be able to purchase a 21/2-hour jump pass and receive a free one-year jump pass valued at $600.

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“The reason parents like to bring their kids is because of the physical activity they get,” said Dale Fedewa, who owns an Urban Air franchise in San Antonio already and is opening the Ahwatukee operation – the first of at least three he is planning for the Valley.

Urban Air will occupy part of a massive building that will be shared by Mountainside Fitness, the gym franchise that started in Ahwatukee but eventually left in the early 2000s as its locations spread across the Valley. Mountainside Fitness is holding its grand opening the last weekend of this month.

Urban Air is like a bounce house on steroids with some safer aspects of a boot camp obstacle course. Fedewa is pitching the center not only as a fun place for families and individuals, but also as a venue for birthday parties, church events and corporate gatherings.

“We are so thrilled to bring our Urban Air Adventure Park to Arizona,” said Fedewa. “We have opened our Urban Air locations across the country in several large cities and small towns, as well as internationally and we have consistently been ranked as the number one adventure park. We can’t wait to make Ahwatukee our first Arizona home.”

Besides two Olympic-size trampolines, it offers a Slam Dunk Track that enables flying leaps for basketball shots, a very physical Dodge Ball Heaven and a Sky Rider Coaster that enables guests to fly through the park along the ceiling.

There also will be a full-service kitchen and an area for children 7 and under where they can play as their parents watch.

And for the little ones there’s a Kids 7 & under area. The perfect place for the little ones to enjoy the trampolines while parents sit comfortably and watch with joy!

“The trampoline places are 0.5 version. In San Antonio, we have the 1.0 version, and Ahwatukee will be the 3.0 version,” Fedewa said. “We’ll have climbing walls, Olympic-style trampolines you can do tricks on. You’ll be able to bounce off the wall. People do crazy things that are fun to watch.”

Fedewa bought into the franchise because “I saw how cool it is” and said he picked Ahwatukee for his first Arizona operation because he likes its proximity to the freeways and the family-oriented nature of the community.

The only “equipment” that patrons will need is specially made, reusable socks that must be purchased at Urban Air for about $2.50. The soles of the socks have a slight grip to make it easier for running up the walls and bouncing off them.

For anyone concerned that no shoes are allowed, Fedewa said he’ll be using a specially designed sanitizing system that not only will prevent unpleasant odors but also will keep the place as germ-free as any public facility can be.

Fedewa said he has seen all ages frolic in his San Antonio park and recalled seeing three generations of a family competing together.

The center also has three rooms for private gatherings, a lounge with a glass-walled outlook onto the entire playing field, and food service that can cater to groups as well as individuals. No alcohol will be sold on the premises.

“It’s a good environment to be active and to get to know people,” Fedewa said, stating that some nearby military bases in the San Antonio area use Urban Air to meet requirements “that they go off site and do non-military things.”

It’s also popular with first responders, particularly police departments and firefighting units whose members want to do fun things but exert themselves physically as well.

Indeed, he’s having a soft opening Friday night reserved for first responders and their families.

Information: urbanairtrampolinepark.com or 602-663-9340.

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