A new high-concept ‘Extreme Trampoline Park’ will be coming to Swindon’s Link Centre this summer as part of a £2million investment programme by the centre managers GLL.
But the move will mean the closure of the leisure centre’s popular Ridge Climbing Wall.
Operated under the Better brand, the ‘Extreme Trampoline Park’ will offer 1,200 square metres and a 100-person capacity of safety-padded, interconnecting trampolines for non-stop freestyle trampoline workouts and play.
The centre will also benefit from newly created, dedicated birthday party rooms and a refurbished café area.
Popular in the US but a relatively new concept in the UK, the trampoline park will be accessible to all sectors of the community offering group events, sports training and children’s birthday party bookings.
In order to create space for this the climbing wall will be closed with all its staff redeployed elsewhere within the Link Centre.
Paul Shearman, Partnership Manager for Better, said: “The trampoline park will be one of the very first of its kind to launch in the UK. We will be using the latest technology and equipment to provide some really exciting opportunities for the people of Swindon. It will be open to everyone regardless of fitness levels, experience or age, with fully trained trampolining coaches on hand to provide expert help and advice.
“Trampolining provides significant cardiovascular benefits and enhances skills such as agility and balance, burning up to 1000 calories in just one hour. As a low-impact workout, it also absorbs significant shock when exercising so is much easier on joints and well-suited for people recovering from injuries.”
The Ridge Climbing Wall will close at the end of June to make way for the trampolines.
A spokesman for Ridge Climbing Wall users on Facebook said: “For some of you this may come as a shock, it certainly has for us.
“Unfortunately the new development does not include a new wall. The staff at the wall are truly saddened by this development as we, like many of you, have very fond memories from climbing here.
“We would like to thank all our customers for their friendship and custom over the years, all of you have made the wall such a great place to be.”
Below, The Ridge Climbing Wall at Link Centre by Richard Wintle of Calyx