The franchisees behind Springfield’s Sky Zone are working to make the local attraction into more than just a trampoline park.
Bryan Hendershot, co-owner of the franchise group based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, said plans are in the works to upgrade the park to include a warrior course — an obstacle course made famous by “American Ninja Warrior” — zip line, warped wall and trapeze swing.
To accommodate the plans, the 19,000-square-foot building, 2765 S. Kansas Expressway, initially was listed for sublease months ago, as the franchise owners were considering a new location. The building is owned by Kansas Plaza 1 LLC, according to Greene County assessor records.
However, since Hendershot said no one is set to move into the space, which was built in 2014 for $1.6 million, it’s likely the Sky Zone upgrades will be made at its current location.
“It’d have to be a miracle for someone to take it,” he said of the space.
Most parks across the United States with the new features planned at the local Sky Zone are at least 30,000 square feet, he said. Depending on space, the franchise group also is considering additional upgrades, such as a rock wall. Final costs of the upgrades were not yet available.
“We’re trying to jam in as many features as we can,” he said.
If the trampoline park stays in the Kansas Expressway location, Hendershot said the park will remain open during construction. A date has not yet been set to start the work.
Hendershot said the franchise group is rolling out updates at all of its five locations. He said two have been completed, with the rest in progress.
“All of the parks we’ve done upgrades in, they've been tremendous. People love them,” he said.
Los Angeles-based Sky Zone has over 300 global locations in 16 international markets. The franchise generates more than $300 million in revenue, according to its website. The Springfield trampoline park opened in December 2014.
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