When the Merrion Centre opened its doors for the first time in 1964, it was the largest indoor shopping centre in the UK. Since then it has lost its claim to fame, fading into relative obscurity, but it could be about to reclaim national reknown as the home to what would be one of the UK’s first indoor trampoline parks.
A bid has been submitted to Leeds City Council seeking approval for a plan to convert the old cinema in the Merrion Centre into 6,500 sq ft of trampoline space, capable of holding up to 200 boucing people. The space would also include a foam pit for practising high-risk flips without breaking your neck.
The space would be operated by Gravity, offering goodies like dodgeball, aerobics, corporate-team-building events and even private paries. The only other indoor trampoline parks in the UK aren’t even open yet. One in Camberley, Surrey, opens later this month, while another in Edinburgh opens in July.
Helen Green, associate director of estates for Town Centre Securities, who own the Merrion Centre, said, “The idea of housing one of the first indoor trampoline parks in the UK is extremely exciting and really complements the Merrion Centre’s leisure offering and our continued investment into the new Arena leisure quarter.”
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