Urban Air Trampoline Park to open in former Pure Entertainment space on west side
07/29/2014 10:57 AM
07/30/2014 6:51 AM
WICHITA — On the heels of Get Air Wichita opening downtown in April, Wichita is about to get its second indoor trampoline park.
"It's finally all coming together," Wichitan Jon Becker says.
He and his family are opening Urban Air Trampoline Park in the former Pure Entertainment space at 8545 W. Irving, which is next to the Midwest Kia dealership at Kellogg and Tyler.
Pure Entertainment has suspended operations until the business secures new space.
Becker and his family, including his wife, Annie, and daughters, Allie, 6, and Hailey, 9, were vacationing in Texas when they discovered Urban Air.
"We just had an absolute blast as a family," Jon Becker says.
"We took them there," he says of his kids, "and I think we ended up having just as much fun as them."
Their Urban Air will be the fifth in the chain and the first one outside of Texas. There are three more in the works elsewhere that others are doing.
Becker says he thought the Pure Entertainment building would be perfect as it was, but he says that has turned out not to be the case.
"We're gutting the entire 25,500 square feet and starting over."
Becker says that's in an effort to make the place as comfortable as possible so parents and grandparents "actually want to spend time and stay there. It's not just drop the kids off and go."
There will be areas within the park for various activities, such as an open jump area, a basketball jumping area, a foam pit, a runway for gymnastics, two dodgeball courts and an area for children 5 and under.
"Our whole concept is different than a lot of other trampoline parks around the area," Becker says.
He says he knows he has competition, but Becker says being from Wichita, he and his wife feel like they know the market.
"We've specifically chosen that area," he says of the west side.
Becker says it's easily accessible from the east and west sides since it's along Kellogg, and it's especially close to the growing areas of Goddard and Maize.
The Beckers hope to open sometime in November.
Jon Becker isn't sure if this will be the family's only Urban Air.
"Can Wichita justify an east and a west? I don't know," he says. "Right now we're just holding the reins back."
Becker says he is excited to have his daughters see the business come to life.
"We're doing this all as a family project."
Becker, who has been in medical sales, and his wife, who is a first grade teacher in Andover, have always wanted their own business, he says.
"This is the first idea my wife's ever actually agreed with me on."