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Get Air New Port Richey celebrated its official grand opening Nov. 29. The 27,000-square-foot facility on State Road 54 has been open for business since Sept. 25.

NEW PORT RICHEY – Get Air New Port Richey became Pasco County’s first indoor trampoline park when it opened for business Sept. 25.

The 27,000-square-foot facility at 7431 S.R. 54 celebrated its official grand opening Nov. 29, inviting residents to experience all the bouncy fun they can handle.

Formerly the home of a Sweetbay Supermarket, the 27,000-square-foot facility is packed wall-to-wall with trampolines, colorful padding and foam blocks and larger-than-life photographs and banners.

“I’m really happy that finally New Port Richey has something here, so people don’t have to keep driving to Clearwater or Tampa,” said Get Air General Manager Megan Klemp, referring to not-so-near sites to find other large trampoline parks.

Judging by the initial response to Get Air New Port Richey’s arrival, Klemp, who’s opened five other Get Air locations, said she’s optimistic about the park’s future. A $135,000 sales goal for the first month of operation was surpassed prior to Get Air’s official grand opening last Thursday.

Get Air New Port Richey’s early success is in step with the company as a whole, Klemp said.

“Get Air is definitely becoming a big name,” she said. “We’re buying former trampoline parks and putting our name on them. This is the sixth one that I’ve opened. We have 62 parks throughout the country. There are about 15 in Canada. We just opened one in Finland as well as two we’re opening in Japan and one in Belgium.”

The other Get Air’s either opened or in the process of being opened by Klemp are in Gainesville and Orange Park; John’s Creek and Savannah, Georgia; Lexington, Kentucky; and High Point, North Carolina.

Being a positive entity in each community is also important and beneficial to all, Klemp said.

“The community needs this and not only are we offering jobs for 16 and older, we do fundraisers for the schools where we give 20 percent back, we do group events and church events. We offer things for stay-at-home moms and home school groups.”

And just as Get Air isn’t simply a large room with trampolines to spring up and down on, it’s also has something for everyone, younger and older.

“We don’t do an age requirement,” Klemp said. “If you can crawl, you can jump here. I’ve had a 92-year-old woman jumping before.

“We do go by height to keep all the children safe. If you’re under 46 inches you are not allowed to do Big Air or the Big Air Dodgeball and that’s just to keep the children as safe as possible.”

While fun is a given at Get Air, safety is paramount. Injuries can happen while participating in any physical activity and trampolining is no exception. All guests to Get Air must fill out and complete a computerized waiver to enter for liability purposes. On the spacious floor of trampolines and foam pits and basketball hoops, Get Air keeps trained eyes on all areas to make sure everyone is jumping responsibly and staying safe.

“We have a lifeguard designated at every spot in the park always moving and watching the children and they’re CPR certified,” Klemp said.

As for the park’s variety of activities, Get Air isn’t lacking.

For those who just want to bounce around a little, there’s plenty of space for that. For those wanting to try something new, Get Air’s got it covered.

There’s dodgeball for children and adults. There are basketball hoops set up for “slam ball” to pull off some rim-rocking dunks. There are foam pits to launch into. Like the hit show “American Ninja?” Test out skills on the Ninja Course.

Get Air is open to all at all times and the park also stages parties and get-togethers. Friday and Saturday nights cater to teen and young adult age brackets with Club Air. Black lights make it glow and DJ Cease is on hand to set the mood.

To view full listings of Get Air New Port Richey’s offerings, rates, hours and events, go to its website at www.getairnewportrichey.com or call the park at 727-347-7701.