Trampoline park to replace Augusta ice rink

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A trampoline park is bouncing into the Augusta Ice Sports Center after the ice rink closes later this month.

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AirStrike Trampoline Park is expected to open in December, replacing the area’s only public ice rink at 1249 Augusta West Parkway.
The center will close to the public Aug. 24.

“We’ve never built one in an ice rink before, but it ended up being perfect,” said Case Lawrence, the developer of the indoor facility. “We’ve got great ceiling heights, a clear arena and rink field. We’ve got a lot of great stuff to work
with, so it’s going to be a big park, probably as big as we have in the country.”

Remodeling is expected to begin in September. The space will be transformed into 15,000 square feet of trampolines, including a flying trapeze, a dodgeball arena, basketball hoops, a “Ninja Warrior” obstacle course and professional slacklines, which resemble tightropes. There will be a higher-level viewing area for observers.

Lawrence expects to invest about $1.5 million in trampolines and equipment, excluding the cost of buying the 35,000-square-foot building.

The trampoline park will employ three or four full-time workers and about 35 part-time staff members, Lawrence said.

Hourly admission for anyone older then 6 will cost $12, and special events featuring a live DJ and laser lights will be held on weekend nights. Other programs will include trampoline aerobic classes and dodgeball tournaments.

“To get young people out of their rooms playing video games, you have to give them a fairly unique and extreme physical experience,” Law­rence said. “That’s kind of where we fall in. The other thing is it just duck-tailed so well with social media. Young people want to have a place to go have fun socially and be able to have a high-visual component that they can take pictures of and post. That’s been another big fit for this generation.”

Lawrence opened his first trampoline sports center in Fresno, Calif., in 2010. The business has expanded to 15 facilities across the country, with nine more in the works. Lawrence recently took his concept international, opening a location in Hong Kong in July.

Lawrence has similar facilities in Co­lumbia and Greenville, S.C.; Char­lotte, N.C.; Huntsville, Ala.; and Chat­tanooga, Tenn.

“Our target is secondary Southeast markets,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of success with those markets and find that a lot of times, those markets are lacking in recreation opportunity … and that we found this really unique building opportunity.”

The building sale should be complete in the next few weeks, Lawrence said, and he was given the go-ahead to announce AirStrike by the real estate group he’s working with to build the facility.

The current tenant, Duncan Crerar, who owns Augusta Ice Sports Center, found out in early July that his lease would be terminated if he couldn’t match a $2 million offer to purchase the building in 15 days. Fundraising efforts by outside groups and on a crowdfunding page were unsuccessful.

Crerar is considering building a multisport complex that will include an ice rink in a different
part of Richmond or Columbia County.

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TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 08/11/14 - 12:53 pm
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Trampoline Park vs Ice Rink

I am sure that all the skaters in this area will be very excited. I find it very sad.
Who can raise 2 million dollars in 15 days? President Obama, maybe, but he is busy playing golf.
But now - the best of luck to Mr. Crera for his upcoming plans!!

countyman
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countyman 08/11/14 - 01:32 pm
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Augusta West Plaza & Water Park in South Augusta

The trampoline park, Augusta West Pkwy road construction, and Augusta VAH Federal Credit Union will definitely help improve the entire area.. The area surrounding the Augusta continues to attract private growth(retail/office building at 3456 Wrightsboro rd, Bojangles at 3360 Wrightsboro rd, etc)

''“Our target is secondary Southeast markets,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of success with those markets and find that a lot of times, those markets are lacking in recreation opportunity ... and that we found this really unique building opportunity.”

Please contact the commissioners and let they know we need more activities for families.. The water park in Augusta didn't make the final splost list, but the water park in the small city of Statesboro recently expanded.. The amount of land off I-520 between Peach Orchard/Doug Barnard is more than enough to support a new park($15-$20 million)... A large water park in Augusta has the potential to attract millions of people from both South Carolina(Greenville, Columbia, etc) and Georgia(between Augusta/Atlanta, Augusta/Savannah, etc)...

The Regency Mall offers the perfect opportunity for Augusta Tech to expand and for the city to construct an large recreation complex(baseball fields, basketball court, tennis court, splash pad, green space, etc)..

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 08/11/14 - 02:22 pm
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I agree with countyman about

I agree with countyman about the water park. If Augusta had one that was like the one in Statesboro, we would definitely reap the benefits! The one in Statesboro is always busy and draws people for miles and miles....just look at the tags in the parking lot!
But, I have to be honest, even though I really would love for this area to have a water park like them, I just don't think that the Augusta-run park would be as clean and well-run as the one in Statesboro! I know that countyman is going to have a cow when I say this, but I'd feel more confident if it were located in Columbia County and let CC run it.

countyman
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countyman 08/11/14 - 02:45 pm
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Water park

Metro Augusta(almost 600k) and the CSRA(over 700,000) is much bigger than an small college town... The water park in Augusta should be much bigger considering the size of metro Augusta..

The water park in Augusta will definitely bring in more revenue(over 1.5 million visitors every year in RC) compared to Statesboro to help pay for maintenance...

I'm sure the residents of CC would prefer to have the water park near them.. The major problem with building a water park in CC is the lack of attracting residents from outside the county.. Aiken County is the second largest county in the CSRA and they don't usually visit Columbia County often.. The only time the citizens living in Aiken/North Augusta usually drive past the Grovetown or Harlem exits off I-20(where the empty land is at) is on their way to Atlanta..

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/11/14 - 03:28 pm
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And how did you decide that?

And how did you decide, oh wise one, that Aiken County residents don't visit Columbia County?

bdouglas
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bdouglas 08/11/14 - 03:28 pm
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@Countyman(n)

Aiken County residents don't visit CC that often because most of what is in CC is just a duplication of what is elsewhere in the area. We've been over this numerous times. And you have zero facts to back up those statements anyway. But I can assure you that if/when CC gets something as unique as a waterpark, Aiken County residents will have no problem going over to CC to visit, just as they had no problem going to Evans to visit Krystal River when it was open and have no problem driving to Statesboro now.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/11/14 - 03:32 pm
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Aiken-Columbia Counties Interaction

I believe there's a lot of wealthy folks in Aiken and Columbia Counties that go back and forth for golf, horses, the lake and Hitchcock Woods.

countyman
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countyman 08/11/14 - 04:21 pm
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Facts

''And you have zero facts to back up those statements anyway.''

All of the large retailers(new to the market) in Columbia County are opening in Martinez... The Gander Mountain and Aldi are both located in Martinez.. The median income/property values in Evans maybe higher, but Martinez is located closer to West Augusta..

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 08/11/14 - 04:26 pm
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True

"The median income of Evans maybe higher, but Martinez is located closer to West Augusta.." but still out of the Main Crime Battle Zone!

jimmymac
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jimmymac 08/11/14 - 04:49 pm
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WATER PARK
Unpublished

Well I live in Aiken and would prefer a water park be build in CC. I can't think of a decent area large enough in Augusta that I would want to take my grandkids. Actually I'd prefer it be built in Aiken.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 08/11/14 - 07:48 pm
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Factss

The median income/property values of Watervale are higher than those of Belfair Lakes, but Martinez is closer to Stevens Creek Road.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 08/11/14 - 09:35 pm
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Aldi is a large retailer? And

Aldi is a large retailer? And they already have one in Aiken...so that has no bearing on this. Either way, Aldi and Gander Mountain have nothing to do with what I said. I said you have no facts to back up what you say about how Aiken County residents don't visit Columbia County. I'm an Aiken County resident. I visit often. Facts.

Mary Frances Hendrix
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Mary Frances Hendrix 08/11/14 - 10:18 pm
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would make the drive ...

We would make the drive to this trampoline park. As Aiken residents, we've driven to Columbia to go to HiWire (http://hiwire.info) because it's a really fun place. This will be a great spot for kids and adults to go. Wish it were opening in Aiken, in fact.

RoadKing
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RoadKing 08/11/14 - 11:10 pm
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jump park ....

Since every other back yard you pass has a trampoline instead of an ice skating facility, would any one care to initiate a pool for a fold-up date on this ... ??

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 08/11/14 - 11:38 pm
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I guess

The Metro residents you mentioned only count if they come to RC?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/12/14 - 06:38 am
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Long time ago

Anyone else remember the trampoline park that opened in South Augusta in the 60s?

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 08/12/14 - 07:47 pm
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Trampoline Park

Back in the day the best trampoline park was at the Boys and Girls Club in Harrisburg...

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