One of Scotland’s first trampoline arenas is set to sweep Edinburgh in what could be billed as a “quantum leap” for the Capital.
The huge £1 million complex is due to launch in Mayfield Industrial Estate in Dalkeith this winter – offering 13,000sq ft of wall-to-wall trampolines.
Dubbed Ryze Edinburgh, the park has the capacity for 150 would-be gymnasts to perform an array of aerial feats or flail clumsily on the rows of padded trampolines, with some even curving up on to the walls.
It is the brainchild of US developer Case Lawrence – a king of trampoline parks in America.
He is bringing the concept to the Lothians following its phenomenal success across the Atlantic, where around 200 trampoline parks rake in £185 million a year.
The craze has conquered the US in leaps and bounds over the past few years, with celebrities such as David Beckham and the Jonas Brothers even snapped enjoying a bounce.
Mr Lawrence said he had been “overwhelmed” by the positive response to the new park.
He added: “I truly believe that Ryze Edinburgh will be one of the nicest trampoline parks in the world.”
The Mayfield development will see an old industrial warehouse radically transformed into a sprawling arena – complete with dodgeball and basketball court, as well as an indoor skate park, “extreme ninja” obstacle course and a trapeze over a foam pit.
And developers say it will be followed by another in Glasgow.
Mitch MacKenzie, Scottish director of Ryze, said the project had been 18 months in the making.
She said: “They have been really popular in the US and they’ve wanted to come into the UK for ages, so it’s been over the last 18 months that they have really been working to get it here – and for the last year they’ve really been pushing to open it.”
She added: “It’s something where people can go and have fun. It’s physical so you can do it for exercise or entertainment, but it’s indoors so it’s nice when we have rain, which is often.”
It is thought the centre will create 25 jobs in the run-up to the park’s official opening and three full-time positions.
A spokeswoman for Midlothian Council said: “New facilities of this kind are very much welcome, and fit well with the council’s commitment to promoting wellbeing and keeping everyone, both young and old, fit and healthy in Midlothian.”
The first trampoline park in Europe was opened earlier this year in Camberley, near Surrey.