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The number of Scottish trampoline parks set to Ryze

The number of Scottish trampoline parks set to Ryze

At the beginning of the year, we had a vague idea of what a trampoline park was.

A park full of trampolines was our expert assumption. We didn't know anything about parkour boxes, "freestyle jumpsters" or trampoline dodgeball.

Then it emerged that the US phenomenon would be coming to Scotland, before Christmas no less, and we had to catch up. Fast.

At the beginning of the year, it emerged that Ryze would be bringing the US phenomenon to Kinning Park.

Acquiring the old News International printworks, they set to open Glasgow's first trampoline park - but taking over a B-listed building hasn't come without its challenges.

Director of operations Mitch MacKenzie said: "Because we are dealing with a B-listed building, we've had a few set backs.

"We have this amazing space, but some of the building work has to be cleared by the council so it takes time."

Since the initial announcement in February, the park has changed its name from High Heaven to Ryze to match its Hong Kong counterpart.

MacKenzie explained: "Hong Kong has been so successful, so we've decided to attach the Ryze name to our Edinburgh and Glasgow parks too."

Ryze has also acquired space at an industrial park in Dalkeith, where it plans to open a capital counterpart around the same time.

As well as plenty of space for open jumping, both parks will feature parkour boxes, foam pits, dodgeball and basketball courts and a fidget ladder.

Edinburgh will also feature a trapeze and an area specifically for younger visitors.

The Scottish parks are just two locations in an expansion that will eventually stretch across nine cities in Europe.

Ryze also has plans to expand in Asia, building on the more than 20 parks that already exist in the US.

MacKenzie said: "It's really intense, it'll challenge anyone who's into parkour, skateboarding and snowboarding.

"It's a really unique kind of exercise, you don't get the same kind of fun burning calories with other sports."

It has since emerged that AirSpace, set to open in East Kilbride, is hot on its heels.

It's expected to open before the end of 2014 and is due to announce an official opening date later this month.

Meanwhile, while Ryze Glasgow and Edinburgh hope to open "before Christmas", nothing is set in stone yet.

MacKenzie said: "It'd be nice to be the first park [to open in Scotland], but it's not a priority.

"We've been so careful and don't want to cut any corners just to get in there first. Our priorities are safety and quality."

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