SAN MARCOS — North County children are rejoicing — and parents are quietly bracing themselves — as Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park sets to open in San Marcos, the county’s first location north of Interstate 8.
Crews recently erected the signature “Sky Zone” sign outside of the former Plummers furniture store on Los Vallecitos Blvd along with a “coming soon” sign, which has heightened anticipation throughout the region.
“I’m excited,” said Tyson McWilliams, an 8th grader who attends San Elijo Middle School. “It’s a good place to have fun with friends while getting in a good exercise as well.”
The San Marcos location will be the third Sky Zone franchise in Southern California owned by reality TV star Alexis Bellino and her husband Jim, the first two in Anaheim and Chula Vista.
San Marcos said the owners are currently working with the city’s building department for approval of their tenant improvement plans for the nearly 33,000-square-foot former retail space. Once those permits are issued and the improvements are completed, the city would issue certificates of occupancy, which would pave the way for the opening.
City officials said they could not say how long that process would take, but said the opening is imminent. The Bellinos could not be reached for comment.
“Like any new business, we are excited about the opening,” City spokeswoman Sarah Divan said. “We know there’s been a lot of anticipation and we are excited about having this recreation opportunity, so the city is looking forward to seeing them open as well.”
Since the opening of the first Sky Zone in Anaheim 2012, the facilities have become wildly popular because of their combination of the fun of a trampoline and an intense aerobic exercise, which Bellino has said in previous interviews burns 1,000 calories an hour.
The facilities feature industrial sized trampolines that are separated into different activity areas: an open jump area, an “ultimate dodge ball” play area, a “foam zone” area where kids launch themselves from a trampoline into a pit of orange and blue foam cubes, and a “Sky Slam” area where wanna-be dunkers can launch themselves into slams they couldn’t do on land.
Sky Zone also offers a trampoline-based aerobics class called — of course — “Skyrobics,” which are offered during the morning hours.
The proliferation of the trampoline parks has also brought along with it a rise in accidents — and several deaths — and calls for the federal and state governments to have tighter regulations of the businesses. Several advocacy groups have emerged calling on states to institute registration and regular inspections of the facilities.
Still, the kids love them.
“I think it is going to be really popular,” said Vojo Danilovic, a 14-year-old student at Bear Valley Middle School in Escondido. Vojo, whose younger brother Nikola had his birthday party at a trampoline park in Mira Mesa, said he thinks having one in North County is going to be a big draw. “Everyone likes to jump on a trampoline, I’m pretty sure.”