LAYTON -- Blake Lucas got a running start on the trampoline runway before bouncing and jumping into the foam pit.
"Awesome," the 7-year-old Blake said in describing his experience.
Blake and his mother Lara Lucas were taking in SkyWalker Haven, a 25,000-square-foot trampoline arena offering a variety of bouncing amenities, including the only halfpipe trampoline bounce in the state.
"I think we will come back for (Blake's) birthday (in July)," Lara Lucas said, closely monitoring her son from a bench.
"It's too hot to be outside, so this is perfect," said Lucas, who lives in Kaysville.
The arena, which opened June 8, features a dodgeball arena, the foam pit, a WiFi lounge for parents, a kangaroo jumper, basketball hoops, a snack bar and zip line, said Nick Wagstaff.
"It is one place where your kids can literally bounce off the walls," said Wagstaff, who co-manages the business with Dustin Jackson for an area businessman.
"We wanted to create a business that is based around fun," Wagstaff said of the state's first SkyWalker Haven.
In the future, they are hoping to add a cafe and a video arcade to the arena.
After looking throughout the Salt Lake City area, Wagstaff said, they opted to locate in Layton and reoccupy the former PetSmart building at 859 W. Hill Field Road.
In addition to the building offering the space they needed, he said, they were also drawn to the area because of the freeway accessibility and the surrounding stores.
"You can't pass up being next to Walmart and Sam's Club," he said.
"Layton is a great place for SkyWalker Haven trampoline arena because of the culture and family life of the community. There are a lot of young families in the area with multiple children, which follows suit for our target market," Jackson said.
Tawee Nopcharoenwong, the business owner, is happy to have landed such an attractive location for his new park, Jackson said in an email to the Standard-Examiner.
Trampoline arenas have been around since the 1960s, Wagstaff said, but back then the arenas were much more basic. Now, there are multiple companies that have up to 50 arenas nationwide, he said.
Part of the draw to trampoline jumping is that it offers a great deal of exercise where people are forced to work against gravity, Wagstaff said.
SkyWalker Haven charges hourly rates for customers: Children under 3 years of age are free, while the hourly rate is $8 for those between 3 to 6 years of age, and $10 per hour for anyone 7 years or older.
Wagstaff said they are anticipating that a portion of their customer base will come from those parents wanting to drop off their children for an hour while they shop at one of the area stores. He said they are also counting on bringing in large groups for family activities.
One family that was taking in the new business on Friday was the LaForce family of Layton.
"My girls are having a good time," LaForce said of her two daughters, who were running from feature to feature.
"I do worry about injuries, but I like places like this more than backyard trampolines," LaForce said of the supervision provided.
SkyWalker Haven is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. The business is closed Sundays.