Get ready extreme air sports enthusiasts, a high-flying park will soon be opening in Silverdale.
Defy, a nationwide franchise of extreme air sports parks, will soon be opening on Bucklin Hill Road in Silverdale, where the former Albertsons building used to be. Defy operates under the umbrella of CircusTrix, which is an international franchisor of indoor trampoline and extreme recreation parks.
CircusTrix was founded in 2011 by Case Lawrence. The first CircusTrix park, SkyWalk, opened near Fresno, Calif. that same year. The second park, Defy Gravity, was opened in Durham, N.C. one year later. The company saw exponential growth and now operates over 319 indoor trampoline and extreme recreation parks across the globe.
General Manager and Franchise Partner of Defy Silverdale, Delinda Hernandez, helped open several extreme air sports parks in North Carolina before recently moving to Silverdale to help open and grow the upcoming park.
“Anything that Case touches becomes awesome,” Hernandez said about the growth of CircusTrix. “I don’t think he knew it was going to be quite as large as it is at this time.”
Hernandez said extreme air sports have become a trend over the last decade or so.
“What we’re finding is that there are people who maybe don’t do team sports as much,” she said. “People are really looking to push themselves and this gives them the opportunity to do that type of thing.”
Not only will the park offer standard trampoline jumping, but it will also offer plenty of aerial activities including a ninja course, foam pits, stunt falls, extreme dodgeball, and much more. Many of the park’s features are derived from the European reality series Big Bounce Battle, which involves extreme air competitions with trampolines.
“It’s kind of like American Ninja Warrior but on trampolines,” Hernandez said.
Any age is welcome to participate, according to Hernandez. Kids under seven years of age can jump for $12 an hour, while anyone over seven-years-old can jump for $16 an hour. A designated time for kids six-years-old and under to jump is offered weekdays from 9 to 10 a.m. Also on weekdays, parents can jump for free with their children under six-years-old for free.
“We like our little kids to be able to come in and enjoy that time without quite as many people flipping around,” Hernandez said.
An option to book birthday and private parties will also be available, according to Hernandez. A cafe will also be onsite to provide refreshments.
With a business of this nature, many safety precautions need to be taken in order to ensure everyone stays safe and has the best possible experience. The park’s number one priority is safety, according to Hernandez.
“All the staff we hire are trained to watch for things that could potentially be a danger,” she said. “Like any sport, there’s always a chance of injury. Our staff is set around the floor to make sure they’re watching for things. There’s a certain safety standard we follow.”
All participants are required to wear grip socks to prevent sliding and to help keep the facility clean, Hernandez said. Staff also goes over the rules with participants beforehand and a waiver is also required to be signed. About 40 to 50 staff members will assemble Defy Silverdale.
Hernandez hasn’t set an opening date quite yet, but she expects the park to open in “days, not weeks.”
“We definitely want to be open for this fall and winter,” she said.
In terms of the park’s location, Hernandez said the Kitsap Peninsula was a perfect place to open up, given the lack of niche sports entertainment in the area.