Geronimo’s jumps into trampoline business
By Sarah Glenn, for the Journal
CHUBBUCK — A few years ago a young-at-heart father visited an indoor trampoline park in Idaho Falls with his wife and 2-year-old son. After having a great time, Brett Price thought, “Why don’t we have one of these in Pocatello?”
A few years and one big investment later, Price and a small group of other local owners are opening Geronimo’s indoor trampoline park today. At 10 a.m., the doors will open to the 14,000-square-foot building, which includes a concessions area, three party rooms, a balcony lounge for parents, and 11,000 square feet of trampolines for kids of all ages.
“It was after we had visited other trampoline parks that I got ahold of Jon and Chad and everyone really caught the vision,” said Price, a Pocatello native. “We love the community we live in and wanted to bring something great to it.”
Geronimo’s will generally be open Monday through Thursday from 1-9:30 p.m., Friday from 1-11:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Price owns the business along with his wife, Whitnee, Chad and Marlow Harding, and Jon and Mohna Thuernalge. An hour of jumping for older kids and adults will cost about $12. For kids under 46 inches, an hour will cost about $8. However, punch cards, family night deals, jumping for more than an hour and other events can change the price.
The trampoline park is split into several different areas, with each designed for a different demographic. A mesh wall encloses the kids zone, which is only for kids shorter than 46 inches. Throughout the rest of Geronimo’s, kids can jump off trampoline walls, play dodge ball in an enclosed bouncy court, use battering rams to fight on the battle beam, shoot hoops in the basketball court, or sink into a massive bag filled with air. At 11,000 square feet, the jumping area alone is about the size of two and a half NBA basketball courts.
Geronimo’s requires anyone who jumps to purchase reusable $2 socks from the business with sticky grips on the bottom.
“One thing we’ve pushed is our safety,” Price said. “I feel like we’ve really done our best to keep people as safe as possible.”
Owner Chad Harding explained that Geronimo’s doesn’t contain any foam, meaning the surfaces are easier to wipe off every night, there won’t be dust from deteriorating foam padding and the trampolines will hold up better over time.
“Those airbags are what they use in the X games,” Harding explained, pointing at one of Geronimo’s two airbag jumping features.
While parents are encouraged to stay with their kids, Geronimo’s also features an upstairs lounge filled with leather sofas. From the balcony view, parents can keep one eye on their kids below and another on sports playing on wall-mounted TVs.
Geronimo’s will have three party rooms that guests can reserve. So far, several large area companies have already booked their holiday parties there.
“We have had some really great early interest,” Harding said.
Geronimo’s sits in the midst of 12 empty lots off East Chubbuck Road. Eventually, the owners of the trampoline park hope the area will become a commercial epicenter with Geronimo’s as the anchor. According to real estate sources, one business is committed to build near Geronimo’s, while others are in the discussion phase. The available lot sizes range from 0.3 acres to just over 1 acre. The parcels are being sold by Matt Sutton with Patriot Real Estate.
Geronimo’s is located at 423 E. Chubbuck Road. For more information, visit www.Geronimos.Net.