Controversial trampoline park Ryze Edinburgh will reopen in time for the Easter weekend after it was shut over safety fears and licensing issues.
Scotland’s largest trampoline park at Mayfield in Midlothian will reopen today after a five-week closure, following a wave of negative publicity surrounding a series of serious injuries.
Ryze users including children suffered broken necks, broken backs and other broken bones, and claimed the response from staff wasn’t up to scratch.
Legal experts also questioned whether a liability waiver protecting Ryze from any death or injury claims, signed by all clients on entering the facility, was enforceable under Scottish law. Ryze bosses insist the park is safe, but said they have improved first aid training ahead of reopening.
Scott Fairgrieve, from Ryze Edinburgh, said: “During our temporary closure we co-operated fully with the authorities and reviewed our operating processes, health and safety procedures and first aid policies to further enhance the experience of our customers.
“Our first aid policies already exceeded legal guidelines, but we decided to increase our provision and all members of staff now get first aid-trained.
“We also took the opportunity to make improvements to our toilet areas and parking provision to meet the demand of the high customer numbers we have experienced.
“The overwhelming majority of customers have had a fun – and safe – experience at Ryze Edinburgh and I would also like to thank them for their fantastic support so far. We now look forward to welcoming jumpers old and new to our trampoline park this Easter weekend.”
Law firm Digby Brown, which represents several people who say they suffered injuries at Ryze, said: “This example highlights the importance of proper licensing and robust health and safety enforcement at sports and activities centres and why customers need to be aware of their legal rights if they are exposed to an unsafe environment.”
A spokesman for Midlothian Council, which issued the park with an improvement notice at the end of February, said: “Ryze Edinburgh had an application for an indoor sports entertainment licence which I can confirm has now been determined and the appropriate licence granted. In addition to the standard conditions that apply to all Civic Government Scotland licences, additional specific conditions have been imposed. Ryze has co-operated fully with the council.”