Trampoline park to open at Irmo Plex

03/11/2014 12:43 PM

03/11/2014 8:56 PM

Get ready to jump around Irmo. HiWire Trampoline Park will open this fall at the town’s Plex Indoor Sports & Ice.

The company opened the Midlands’ first modern trampoline park in November at the Plex in Northeast Richland’s Village at Sandhill.

“It’s been very successful,” Plex owner Mike Harris said. “It’s fun. It’s novel. It’s unique. It’s not dependent on one age group.”

The trampoline park plays right into the Plex’s mission of getting families up and moving, and encouraging exercise, Harris said. He said he has seen 4-year-olds jumping alongside their 50-year-old grandparents.

“It’s fun to see that cross-generational fun factor, which is what we wanted with Plex,” said Harris, a physician who opened the Plex facilities a decade ago to fill recreational needs that he didn’t think were being met in the community.

The Irmo Plex, at 1019 State Road, is roughly 30 driving miles from the facility in Northeast Richland. “We feel we’ll capture a different demographic,” Harris said.

The trampoline park will be similar to the one at Sandhill, with 20,000 square feet of trampolines, foam pits, a dodge-ball stadium and basketball goals. It also will include a ninja obstacle course, an element that is being added to the Sandhill location this summer.

“It’s not just going to be a ditto,” Harris said. “There will be some new novel design elements.”

Harris wasn’t yet ready to dish on what those new elements will be.

He is aiming to open the new park Nov. 1, exactly a year after the Sandhill opening. But he said that date is flexible.

The owners still are considering several different design options. They are hoping to work the trampoline park into the building’s existing footprint.

But don’t worry Irmo ice enthusiasts. “We will be keeping ice skating for sure,” Harris said.

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