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First customers get the jump on Bellingham’s Trampoline Zone

Ben Van Veen looks to catch a pass from a friend in midair before dunking the ball on Tuesday, Dec. 23, at Trampoline Zone in Bellingham, Wash.
Ben Van Veen looks to catch a pass from a friend in midair before dunking the ball on Tuesday, Dec. 23, at Trampoline Zone in Bellingham, Wash. The Bellingham Herald

Some Whatcom County kids were literally bouncing around when the Trampoline Zone opened Tuesday, Dec. 23.

The new business at 4201 Meridian St, Suite 107, is in a warehouse behind the Pro Golf Discount store. The business will have a grand opening early in 2015.

Besides trampolines, the 18,000-square-foot facility has a ninja course with a wall and a rope swing, foam pits, dodgeball court, an area for dunking balls and four party rooms. The facility has a separate area for smaller children to play.

Owner Rajiv Malhan has opened two of these facilities in Oregon and the Bellingham Trampoline Zone will be his third in Washington state. While popular with children, Malhan has found that a lot of adults also enjoy trying out the trampolines.

“It really gets your heart working,” Malhan said in an interview earlier this month.

To reduce the risk of injuries, the company has a detailed list of rules and employees wear referee shirts and whistles, to intervene when rules are being broken. Rules at Trampoline Zone include limiting activity to one person jumping in the foam pit at a time and other guidelines to avoid collisions.

Cameras and monitor screens will be in the foam pits, where customers can use a trampoline to do somersaults and other jumps into the pit. The screen has a 10-second delay, so they can see how their jump looked after completing it.

Customers are charged by the hour and wear wristbands. Children under 46 inches in height will be charged $6 an hour on weekdays and $9 an hour on weekends, while those taller than 46 inches will be charged $8 an hour on weekdays and $11 an hour on weekends. Snacks will be available for sale but not meals. A party room can have meals.

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