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Sky High Sports Files for Bankruptcy: Do You Take Your Family There?

Sky High Sports, the recreational trampoline facility in Bellevue, has filed for bankruptcy, with debts including payments to insurance company. The facility will remain open during the proceedings, according to news reports.

Sky High Sports, the recreational trampoline facility in Bellevue, has filed for bankruptcy, according to KIRO TV.

According to the TV station, the Bellevue facility will remain open during the bankruptcy proceedings.

The facility, one of more than a dozen throughout the nation, had been subject to scrutiny and at least after questions have been raised about the facility's safety since it opened in 2010.

Among Bellevue facility's liabilities included more than $272,000 to companies related to insurance, including $60,000 in insurance deductibles, according to papers filed Jan. 11, 2013, in United States Bankruptcy Court in Nevada. 

Have you visited Sky High Sports? Do you think it's dangerous? Do you hope it stays open? Tell us in the comments.

Despite the waiver that families sign before participating at the facility, the Bellevue facility has been targeted by lawsuits.

KIRO said that in 2010, in the months after the Bellevue facility opened, parents started reporting about broken bones and other serious injuries suffered at the facility. Several families filed lawsuits, according to the TV station.

In 2012, the Seattle Weekly reported that a family sued the facility after a child suffered a head injury at Sky High.

Owner Jerry Raymond, who co-founded the company with his brother, Ron Raymond, told news sources, including Bellevue Patch in 2011, that the activity of jumping on trampolines was an "extreme sport" and that "all extreme sports come with risks."

"We've had a few minor injuries a month at the Bellevue facility," Raymond told Patch in 2011. "But that is a few accidents among the thousands of people who visit the facility each month."

Yelp shows that the facility has both fans and detractors, with fans saying that the facility was fun for kids and adults.

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KIRO: 'Fun center' goes bankrupt after lawsuits over broken bones, twisted limbs

Kathy Lange Slocum January 16, 2013 at 04:25 AM
My daughter is not a daredevil. She bounces, she jumps into the pit. It's great exercise and she loves going there and to Skymania in Kirkland.
WendyB January 16, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Wow. I only just yesterday booked my child's birthday party there. Good grief.
Kim Estes -The Savvy Safety Mama January 16, 2013 at 04:48 PM
My family loves it there and we also know that with any sport (how lame that our sue happy society now classifies a trampoline as "extreme sporting") comes risk. The staff has always been great and watchful. they have safety videos playing at all times. On occasion there might be someone literally "bouncing off the walls" but for the most part it was just great fun going there. Yet,we knew it was only a matter of time before enough lawsuits piled up to close them down. What a bummer. With such a long rainy winter, places like Sky High were a great escape for the whole family to burn off energy.
SYS January 16, 2013 at 07:11 PM
My son was a manager at one of these sites. He has sent me photos of various accidents that happened at his location weekly. According to him, many many lawsuits were filed due to the numerous accidents that occurred. One little boy ended up a quadriplegic after jumping into the foam pit. Sure accidents can happen in any sport. I was just astounded by the number that occurred here.
Jeanne Gustafson January 16, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Thanks for your comments, Kim. FYI, Sky High has filed for a Chapter 11 reorganization, not a liquidation, so it stands to reason that its goal is to continue operating, so all is far from lost.
JB January 17, 2013 at 05:45 AM
Sky High Sports has been an absolute dream come true for me. It's amazing exercise and really fun. Maybe if they had quick classes teaching people about how to avoid common injuries. Injuries people may get from being out of control are avoidable. It would be a shame if this place had to close. Whenever I go there I always think "Why aren't there more fun healthy places like this for people to go to have a good time".
Val January 17, 2013 at 06:27 AM
I hope this doesn't impact SkyMania in Kirkland. We started going there because they're safer and cleaner. They have nets under their trampolines. I don't think any of the others do. Our family has so much fun there.
Roger January 17, 2013 at 09:02 PM
I sure hope this doesn't impact my favorite place to go play dodgeball with my friends and jump with my 8 year-old son, SKYMANIA IN KIRKLAND. That place takes the fun and safety to a whole other level, I've jumped both there and SkyHigh. Not to mention the employees and ownership at SKYMANIA are wonderful to work with whether it be for your normal open jump time or for parties, of which I've had three since they opened. If you are a regular in Bellevue, make sure you take the time to check out Skymania in Kirkland, they are wonderful!
Roger January 17, 2013 at 09:03 PM
JB, check out Skymania in Kirkland! It's on 116th right next to the Subaru Dealership and right behind Pump It Up! You'll love it. Plus, they're opening a Dodgeball League at the end of the month!
Ray January 20, 2013 at 06:16 AM
Wow. Incredible news. If skyhigh is no longer providing the service, I know there are 2 places in Kirkland and Bothell for children to jump. One is Skymania in Kirkland and the other one is Elevated Sportz in Bothell. Elevated Sportz is larger than Skymania .
Ryan Parshall January 20, 2013 at 04:12 PM
The way I see it, these people are suing over something they caused them selves. Just like all the idiots who were sue happy about McDonald's having hot coffee. You're going to a place where it should already be completely freakin obvious that there's a chance you could get hurt. What you do and what happens to you is in your own hands. I for one LOVE Skyhigh and go there every Wednesday. It's the best cardio and body workout you'll ever get while having that much fun. There's pads everywhere! And I have no idea how anybody gets hurt in a FOAM pit. I've gone head first into that thing and its like landing in feathers. Point is, don't go suing a company because YOU made a mistake. It's just ruining the fun for the rest of us. -Ryan
tina February 28, 2013 at 01:06 AM
I have a special needs daughter who went there on a regular basis and just laughed the entire time...it's a shame. Although I can't comment on the people who got hurt because I don't know the circumstances, it seems we do have a society that wants to make easy money on others peoples success
Markelle F March 04, 2013 at 03:20 AM
I'm a 13 year old girl and my friends and I go there everyweekend! I love it there! It's my favorate place! I don't think it's dangerous and the staff makes sure to insure safety. It's also a great place for exercise! I really hope it does not close or my friends and I will be Terribly upset. I have no complaints about that place. I hope that helped I really love it there Markelle
Brad Hoban June 14, 2013 at 04:31 AM
Wow, just found out today that Skyhigh was closed. My son and I have been going there for years now and he looks forward to it everytime (he lives in Hawaii and visits in the summer and winter). As Ryan mentioned earlier, you control what you do. I'm 45 and my son is now 14, I wish I could do some of the things he does but am smart enough to know it's not in my best interest anymore....lol. I hope that they make it threw all this but, if not, it will be a shame that a few have taken away a great deal of enjoyment for many because they don't take accountability for their own actions.
Venice Buhain June 17, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Thank you for the update, Brad Hoban. I passed by recently and saw that the location looked empty, but I wasn't sure whether it was closed for good, but that does appear to be the case.

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