Mountainside Fitness will be opening Saturday in the former Sprots Authority building

 Kimberly Carrillo

The northeast corner of Ray Road and 48th Street promises to be one of the busiest strip malls in Ahwatukee on Saturday when both Mountainside Fitness and Urban Air Adventure Park debuted with public grand openings.

Urban Air Adventure Park had been scheduled to open last weekend, but owner Dale Fedewa delayed the opening for a week, saying through a spokeswoman that some finishing touches still needed to be done.

He’s holding a soft opening Friday with first responders as guests.

Occupying 24,000 square feet of the old Sports Authority building on the northeast corner of 48th Street and Ray Road, Urban Air Adventure Park promises a 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.

“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 the massive Sports Authority massive building that will be shared by Mountainside Fitness’s 15th Valley location.

Mountainside’s opening is a kind of coming home for the gym franchise, which started in Ahwatukee but eventually left in the early 2000s as its locations spread across the Valley.

Urban Air is opening with a bang. 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 2 1/2-hour jump pass and receive a free one-year jump pass valued at $600.

Mountainside Fitness is hosting a preview party 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday for its 40,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility.

The party will feature a DJ, Arizona Cardinals cheerleaders, giveaways, and opening-day specials that include two months free membership and two personal training sessions.

The celebration comes after more than two and half decades. In 1991, Tom Hatten, founder and CEO of Mountainside Fitness, started the gym when he was just 22.

“It is incredible that Mountainside Fitness began 27 years ago,” said Hatten. “Ahwatukee has always been a special place for me, our Ahwatukee members helped build our brand.  I’m eager to go back where it all started, there really is no place like home.”

Mountainside Fitness Ahwatukee will feature over 80 group fitness classes per week, state-of-the-art cardio including personal entertainment systems, premium strength training equipment, childcare with amenities for kids of all ages, full service locker rooms with steam room and sauna and free towel service.

Children can test Mountainside’s MKids childcare, which includes a bounce house and gaming area.

Hatten said he contacted Sports Authority two years ago to determine the retailer’s future and was put in contact with the building’s then‑owner.

The site is prime real estate located in a shopping center with low vacancy rates, said CBRE’s Joseph R. Compagno, who represented the seller in the deal.

“Retailers are eager to have a presence in Phoenix’s Ahwatukee neighborhood, so we marketed the property to investors and tenants that didn’t already have a location on Ray Road,” Compagno added via email.

The gym’s cardio equipment will be hooked up to Cox Communication’s fiber network and feature iPad-like screens that allow users to access a range of options, including Netflix, personal email and workout information.

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