By Robert T. Balint
With its June 4th grand opening behind it, the Xtreme Air Jump ‘N Skate Park is now open for business. The 30,000-square-foot complex, located just off the 202 at McQueen and Pecos Roads in south Chandler, is home to wall-to-wall trampolines and a skate park—not, fortunately, mixed together.
The main trampoline area is 100 feet long, with slanted trampolines on the walls. At the back is the park’s unique Velcro wall, a huge sheet of the material that jumpers, after donning one of the stylish Velcro suits, can stick to by jumping into it.
Separate from the main area, there is a smaller trampoline basketball court and a separate dodgeball court, where games are scheduled. Park staff, known as the “flight crew,” and a host of closed-circuit cameras that feed to screens around the park keep watch, so that parents can look after their kids without having to hop on the trampoline themselves. For the younger children, there is a separate 7-and-under area with a couple of inflatable structures for tamer jumping.
For kids who prefer resisting gravity with a set of wheels beneath their feet, there is Xtreme’s large indoor skate park, ideal for beginning and novice skaters. Designed and built by California Rampworks, the company that builds tracks for the X Games, the park features boxes, quarter-pipes, a half-pipe and several moveable rails and plenty of edges for grinding.
The most exciting feature is the foam pit that skaters can fly into via a ramp, handy for practicing and polishing tricks. Helmets must be worn by all riders, and every skater younger than 18 has to wear pads. It’s often a mix of skateboards and Razor scooters, but BMX bike riders have a chance at the park as well, from 7 to 9pm on Wednesdays and 7pm to midnight on Saturdays.
Besides the two parks, Xtreme has several other attractions on sweet, blessed solid ground, including a small arcade, a store stocked with skateboards, T-shirts, and protective gear, and a snack bar with both traditional kids’ fare and coffee drinks for the weary watchers of bouncing children. What Xtreme does well, and promotes, is catering to parents with coffee, sitting areas, monitor screens and free wi-fi.
A boutique next door, Xtreme Escape, which the park’s website says will offer clothes, designer jeans and accessories, is coming soon.
The most crowded times are in the early afternoon and evenings, around 1pm and 5 to 7pm. Younger children make up most of the jumpers and skaters earlier in the day, and older kids come later in the evening. Check out xtremeairjumpandskate.com for hours, pricing, and beginner/novice skateboard class times.
PHOTOS: Daniel Friedman