It's a bird, it's a plane, it's - Meagan Reaves during her twice-weekly aerobics class.
The 21-year-old bounces about 6 feet in the air in a room where the whole floor is made of square trampolines connected to form a massive grid. She sometimes runs from one square to the next, jumping from trampoline to trampoline, and even bounces off some trampolines mounted at 60-degree angles on the walls.
"It's a workout, but it doesn't feel like a workout," she said. "We run up the walls and it kind of feels like flying. I feel like a kid when I do it."
Reaves attends Skyrobics classes at the SkyZone Indoor Trampoline Park in Jackson, Tenn., but Chattanooga residents soon will have a chance to join her in the air. Three trampoline parks are slated to open in the Chattanooga region this year, two in the East Hamilton area.
Local developer John Wise, who is set to open the first on Chattanooga's Southside in February, plans to add a second location in Ooltewah by the end of summer.
Jump Park Chattanooga, in the Southside, will include 20,000 square feet of trampolines, a trampoline dodgeball court, a foam pit and an upstairs full of table games like pingpong, shuffleboard and darts. It will also include a cafe and party rooms and will be next door to a 10-lane boutique bowling alley that will feature a full bar and restaurant.
Between those openings, out-of-town developer Case Lawrence's trampoline park is slated to open in May near Hamilton Place mall. The 30,000-square-foot building will be half-full with trampolines, Lawrence said. The center will also feature an aerial obstacle course and trapeze where customers can hone their skills above giant foam pits.
Superfly Trampoline Park will be Lawrence's 10th and largest park. He hopes to serve the entire region, pulling customers from North Georgia, Cleveland and Chattanooga.
To read the full story, refer to the article at timesfreepress.com/news/2014/jan/09/feels-like-flyingtrampoline-trend-comes-to-city-3.