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IATP Assists in Development of New ASTM Standard F2970-13 for Trampoline Courts

The rapid growth of indoor trampoline parks across the world has allowed the International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP) to help lead the development of a new ASTM safety standard that will significantly enhance consumer experience in both existing and new facilities, while promoting consistency and industry-wide practices. The standard provides owners of trampoline parks guidance for planning, operation, signage and patron education, while establishing clear, responsible-conduct guidelines for the public.

The industry has grown tremendously over the last nine years. The latter half of 2011 saw about 35-45 trampoline parks in operation. Today, there are over 160 trampoline parks in existence around the world, with an estimated 50 parks opening over the next 12 months.

ASTM F2970-13, Practice for the Design, Manufacture, Installation, Operation, Maintenance, Inspection and Major Modification of Trampoline Courts, was developed by subcommittee F24.60 on Special Rides/Attractions. Founding members of the IATP Board of Directors are part of the task group made up of operators, manufacturers, loss control experts, consumer advocates, trampoline experts, insurance professionals and legal professionals who contributed over 10,000 volunteer hours into developing this standard. It is expected to take up to a year for the industry to upgrade existing facilities.

“Our mission is to help our industry raise the bar relative to risk management and look for ways to improve park operations and design,” said Jeff Platt, Chairman of IATP and a member of the F24.60 Trampoline Court Task Group. “We are very proud of the progress we have made over the past 18 months. This standard is a major step forward to make our industry safer.”

Virtual meetings were held weekly over an 18-month period and anyone with an interest was invited to participate. The Trampoline Courts Task Group will continue to meet and is now working on revisions, updates and clarifications to F2970-13.

“Industry experts from a wide range of specialties worked diligently to develop the new trampoline courts standard,” said Jerry Raymond, Vice Chairman of IATP and member of the F24.60 Trampoline Court Task Group. “It is the IATP’s intention to continue to develop educational programs, research opportunities and identify best practices for the betterment of our growing industry.”

IATP will hold its board meeting and first annual meeting at the Doubletree Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona on October 23-24, 2013. The annual business meeting will be held on October 23rd while October 24th will be devoted to committee meetings and educational breakout sessions. More information can be found at www.indoortrampolineparks.org.

For additional information, contact: Jeff Platt, President/CEO Sky Zone Franchise Group, LLC and Chairman of the International Association of Trampoline Parks, 310.734.0302 or email jplatt@skyzone.com.

The International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP) is a 501(c)(6) industry trade association whose purpose is to promote reasonably safe operations, facilitate commercial success and stimulate growth of the trampoline park industry. For more information about the association, visit www.indoortrampolineparks.org. Membership inquiries should be directed to Tracy Sarris, Executive VP, at 717-533-1945 or email tracysarris@indoortrampolineparks.org

Brazil’s Beach Park Launches Arrepius

New Water Slide Attraction Features Brazil’s First and Only Skybox with Five Individual Descents Designed by ProSlide; Park Anticipates Twenty Percent Visitor Increase in the Coming Year with New Addition

Beach Park today announced the debut of Arrepius, a new collection of water slides that features the first and only Skybox in Brazil with five different descents in an area occupying approximately 7,000 square meters. The highlight of Arrepius is the Skybox, a transparent capsule situated 25 meters above the park, whose descent begins when the floor of the capsule drops open with the press of a button. Arrepius is the latest addition to the Beach Park complex, one of Brazil’s top waterparks; its construction completes a series of investments by Beach Park to expand its offerings for the nearly one million visitors who travel to Beach Park annually.

“We have invested $95 million Brazilian reais (US $42 million) to create Arrepius, and we expect that this will result in a twenty percent visitor increase to Beach Park in the coming year,” said Beach Park General Manager Murilo Pascoal. “In a study from Delta Consultoria ePesquisa, seven out of every 10 tourists said that Beach Park was the biggest influencer in their decision to visit the state, so we are very pleased that our investment will help increase the number of visitors to Ceará as well.”

The vision for Arrepius was conceived by the Canadian company, ProSlide, a leader in the market segment and supplier of Disney’s waterpark attractions. The vision and execution for Arrepius was lead by Beach Park’s Engenheiros Sonhadores (Dream Engineers), the team responsible for designing Beach Park’s other popular attractions.

Tourist Attractions & Parks Magazine Special eNewsletter Feature (Part II)

On the theme park and waterpark side, there is much to be said for eschewing traditional, tried-and-true attractions in favor of more unique, standout versions.

Last summer, Alabama’s Splash Adventures Waterpark in Bessemer, Ala., became the home of the world’s first Amaze n’ Mazes Aqua Maze.  Called the “MIST-ical Maze”, the 4,600-square-foot attraction challenges guests with myriad twists and turns while inundating them with unexpected showers, spouts and downpours. Jets of water shoot up to 60 feet in the air from two water blasters within the maze,  while three showers in fixed locations (controlled by observers) allows interaction between participants and watchers. Three water guns can be aimed at maze runners from the two observation decks.

The biggest rush, and biggest surprise, occurs in the “car wash aisle” where motion detectors trigger sprayers that are hidden in posts and deliver a sudden, unexpected blast of water onto the people racing through. “The Aqua Maze is the perfect new attraction for Alabama’s Splash Adventure Waterpark because the business strategy for growing our parks is to create unique water experiences and adventures that are marketable attractions,” said Kent Lemasters, CEO of Aquatic Management Group and COO of park parent company General Attractions LLC.

In a somewhat different vein, Frontier City in Oklahoma City, Okla., has a Western-themed water attraction called Wild West Water Works. The attraction stands five stories tall and is decorated with cowboy figures, faux Western storefronts, windmills and oversized cacti. A 1,000-gallon bucket of water regularly tips over and pours out to eight water slides in a variety of sizes. Oceans of Fun, the waterpark component of Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Mo., has undergone its largest expansion with the addition of six new waterslides housed atop a 65-foot-tall complex that overlooks the Surf City Wave Pool. At the top of the complex, guests can board an Aqua-Launch chamber whose floor suddenly drops out, sending them down the slides into a high-speed, near-vertical drop.

New at Dollywood’s Splash Country waterpark in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is RiverRush, Tennessee’s first water roller coaster. The coaster’s 1,175-foot long linear tube track covers more than an acre in a newly-developed area between the park’s Big Bear Plunge white water rafting inspired slide and Bear Mountain Fire Tower. Unlike traditional water rides, RiverRush utilizes a conveyor belt to lift riders up and, in what officials called “a unique technology” for the waterpark industry, four-person toboggan-style boats to propel guests up hills and around curves by linear induction motors that use an alternating magnetic field beneath the slide surface. RiverRush is four stories tall and requires that riders climb 237 feet before making a 25-foot, 45-degree drop and being launched through tunnels, rapids and three more drops prior to reaching the end of the ride.

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