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High-flying fun

Upon completion of Medford's first indoor trampoline park, general contractor Rich Armas is hopeful that, with the right amount of bounce, he'll be able to perform his first-ever slam dunk.

Rogue Air Trampoline Park is scheduled to open sometime before mid-February in the 20,000-square-foot space formerly occupied by Circuit City in the Medford Center.

Armas and his team are in the final stages of installing more than 10,000 square feet of trampoline, including two dodgeball courts, two high-flying basketball courts, a half-pipe, a practice area for cheerleaders and tumblers, and separate jumping zones for little kids and big kids. All of the trampolines, nets and steel frames were manufactured by Sky's the Limit Technologies Inc. in Merlin.

"There are three unique things about this park," Armas said. "The first is an area intended for cheerleaders to practice. The second is a half-pipe with an 8-foot bottom and 9-foot sides. If you get good enough, you should be able to bounce from one side to the other. And the third thing is a dual-level inflated air bag. You run on the deck and bounce, bounce on a trampoline into the bag."

Rogue Air, which is not affiliated with the former Urban Monkey Air Park in Grants Pass, is owned by Charla and Craig Combs of Medford and Craig's brother and sister-in-law, Lon and Rachelle Combs, of Camas, Wash. It is the only trampoline park between Portland and San Francisco, according to Charla Combs.

"We all agreed that Medford needed more recreational opportunities for families," Combs said.

In the next month, Combs will hire between 25 and 30 part-time employees, including her son, Mark, who will manage the family business.

For $10 on weekdays or $12 on weekends, people of all ages can jump for an hour, which is said to tire even the most fit person.

"I've talked to people in really good physical condition who said that, after an hour of jumping, they were pooped," Armas said.

Parents can monitor their kids from couches in lounge areas, and there will be staff supervising each of the trampolines to make sure everyone follows the rules.

"The most important rule is, do not attempt stunts beyond your ability," Combs said, adding that there are specific rules posted for each area.

There also will be four private party rooms that can hold 10 to 48 people, and a concession area with vending machines where kids can refuel.

In the future, Combs plans to offer aerobic and special needs classes, and host dodge ball competitions and corporate events.

Aware of the injuries that often go hand-in-hand with the sport, Combs said everyone will be required to watch a one-minute safety video and sign a waiver prior to jumping. Parents also must sign waivers for youths age 18 and younger, and all children age 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

For health reasons, Rogue Air-issued socks, available for $1.50, will be mandatory for all bouncers.

Book a party or jump session at www.rogueairpark.com or see www.facebook.com/rogueairpark for progress reports and pictures.

"We jumped from 400 likes to 1,500 likes on Facebook in a little over a week," Combs said. "Thank you, social networking."

Reach education reporter Teresa Thomas at 541-776-4497 or tthomas@mailtribune.com. Follow her at twitter.com/teresathomas_mt.

General contractor Rich Armas is building the trampoline park, the only one between Portland San Francisco, its owners say. Mail Tribune / Bob Pennell - Bob Pennell