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New indoor trampoline park addresses safety after local injury

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New indoor trampoline park addresses safety after local injury

By Rikki Mitchell. CREATED Oct 19, 2013

MARANA, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Trampoline parks are popping up all over the country, giving everyone a new form of exercise.

And Saturday, a new indoor trampoline park, Arizona Air Time, opened its doors on the northwest side.

But after a bad jump at one of these parks, a 20-year-old Tucson man was left paralyzed. Blake Haines has months, maybe even years of physical therapy ahead of him.

"I just remember landing and my head jerked back and I heard a snap," said Blake in September.

Blake's accident happened at Tucson's Get Air. Blake's condition has improved after rigorous physical therapy. He now has feeling in his legs and fingers.

Arizona Air Time Co-Owner Barry Jenkins heard about Blake's accident. Even though Blake says Get Air was not at fault, Jenkins wants to assure the community that they take safety seriously.

"We work very hard to make sure it's fun, but safe," said Jenkins. "It's a hard line to toe, but we do the very best we can."

Jenkins says the park has thick padding, safety nets that will prevent falls and the employees at Arizona Air Time are first aid and CPR certified.

"We try very very hard to reassure everybody," says Jenkins. "But we cant stop a freak accident, nobody could."

Jenkins says he hopes the community will look at the benefits of his business, like a place for kids to play indoors during the summer, and the added bonus of exercise.

"I think Tucson is going to welcome it very well," he says.

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Arizona Air Time is located at 3931 W. Costco Dr. It officially opened to the public at 2:00 p.m. Saturday.

More information about the business can be found on its website.

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Blake Haines will continue his physical therapy in Phoenix, and his family hopes he can return to Tucson for outpatient therapy in three to four weeks.

His family and friends will hold a fundraiser for his medical and therapy costs on October 29 at Colt's Taste of Texas Steakhouse. You must bring in a copy of the flyer and the restaurant will donate 20 percent of all entrees between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to his medical costs.

Rikki Mitchell

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Rikki Mitchell is a proud University of Arizona grad and joined the KGUN9 team after graduation. Rikki reports as a video journalist for the evening and weekend newscasts.