Second trampoline park plan revealed for Telford
Telford might have waited a little longer than other parts of the country to catch up with the growing craze for trampoline parks – but now it has two on the way.
Fresh from the news that a planning application has been submitted for a trampoline park on Stafford Park 12, it has now been revealed that Europe's biggest operator of the parks is to open elsewhere in the town.
Franchisee Stuart Martin, who already runs Anytime Fitness at Lawley, says more than £1 million is being invested to bring Flip Out Telford to an as-yet unnamed site near Telford Town Centre.
The park will employ about 60 people, 30 of whom will be full-time, and Mr Martin said he hoped the site would be open by Christmas.
Mr Martin said: "I purchased the franchise a little over six month ago and have been working on this project since then.
"People travel from Telford to places like Wolverhampton and Stoke for trampolining, and I think if what you do is good enough people will come to you.
"I wanted to expand my interests, and this was something that made sense to me – it's all about helping people to active and to have fun."
Flip Out will include a vertical obstacle course which sees visitors climbing a tower, a Ninja Warrior course designed by the team that created the television programme of the same name, a laser shooting course, as well as the more traditional trampolining area.
Mr Martin said the park would be in a retail rather than an industrial area, but that the location can not currently be identified because the previous tenant has not yet moved out.
Flip Out began in Australia, and have since expanded and has become Europe's biggest trampoline park operator. It already has sites in Chester, Stone in Staffordshire, and Oldbury in the Black Country.
"We will just do the best we can, and I'm sure the competition will be positive for Telford," Mr Martin added.
"I think Southwater has been a revolution for Telford, and there's a lot more activities, leisure, and socialising, but I think a trampoline park will be great for Telford.
"There's not too much for the youth of Telford to do, and something like this will really benefit them."