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AirHeads opens indoor trampoline park in Pinellas

Dane Manz, left, of Seminole performs a backflip while jumping with Nicholas Santiago of New Port Richey recently at AirHeads indoor trampoline park at 12401 Belcher Road.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Dane Manz, left, of Seminole performs a backflip while jumping with Nicholas Santiago of New Port Richey recently at AirHeads indoor trampoline park at 12401 Belcher Road.

A popular Tampa indoor trampoline park has opened its first location in Pinellas County.

The family entertainment center at 12401 Belcher Road, near the border between Largo and Pinellas Park, is the second AirHeads Trampoline Arena in the Tampa Bay area. It offers 20,000 square feet of bouncing surface, as well as dodgeball tournaments and, eventually, fitness classes.

The new site has more jumping space than the Tampa AirHeads, as well as more arcade space and a better view platform for parents, said Rich Heruska, who co-founded the company with Steve Johnston in 2010.

"We've had a phenomenal response in Pinellas," Heruska said, "and we made some changes based on our feedback from parents in Tampa."

To find out when the business is open — hours vary from day to day — go to the website at www.airheadsusa.com/rates-hours or call (727) 569-5867.

Open jumping costs $12 for the first hour, which includes jumping shoes and helmets for those younger than 18; then it's $10 for each extra hour. Tickets can be purchased online at the location's website.

Trampoline parks are a hot new feature in cities across the country, from San Francisco's House of Air to Las Vegas' Sky Zone. In March 2010, Boing Jump Center opened in Brandon and it recently announced that an Orlando location is opening soon.

AirHeads is the first commercial indoor trampoline park for Pinellas County.

Heruska said his company aims "to be more of a family entertainment center," where jumpers — AirHeads calls them "gravity-loathers" — of all ages can have fun and get fit.

"Our goal is to make it more attractive for the family to come hang out in the lounge in a nice space, with good food, WiFi; and make them comfortable that we keep it clean and emphasize safety."

AirHeads opens indoor trampoline park in Pinellas 09/06/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 7:33pm]
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