Amusements they are a changin’
Summerside forming a hub of adventurous activities in contrast to traditional ones
With the changing times, people are looking to newer more adventurous amusements rather than traditional ones.
Recently in Summerside a wave of inflatable obstacles, a trampoline park, an escape room and different forms of tag have popped up.
Scott MacGregor, one of the co-owners of the Off the Wallz Inflatable Splash Park says this is just the beginning.
“It’s something I’ve been discussing with my friends since we went to Jamaica where we saw a similar idea,” said MacGregor.
“Ideas like this are different because there is nothing like it on the Island. With Sandspit and traditional amusement parks like that, you know what you’re getting into. There are only a handful of places that offer these services.”
Over the years, activities to entertain have evolved from county fairs, festivals, carnivals and roller coasters, to water parks, paintball, laser tag and many more.
“Partnering with our splash park is also the indoor trampoline park and Euro bungee,” noted MacGregor.
“We’re also hoping to set up an inflatable trampoline volleyball game in the green space. One thing is clear. There is a huge growth in the industry.
“There is a small collection of alternatives forming in the community. It’s definitely not going to stop. More and more people are going to want to get involved to see what it’s like and what value it has.”
Mitch Shea, the executive director of Explore Summerside, said there has been a lot of interest in the amusement industry, from both locals and tourists.
“I think they have helped keeping people in Summerside. It seems to be a reason to extend stays in the city. It’s activities that apply to families, adults and millenials.”
Shea says it’s important to stay in the know in order to stay current with the changing amusements.
Gordie Whitlock, the organizer of the RC Car Park in Summerside, said it’s nice to see healthier alternatives coming to the community.
“It provides physical activity, but what’s really great is the way things are going it allows parents and kids to socialize and participate together.”
Whitlock says he can remember an exact moment that may have contributed to the change.
“Things changed when Rainbow Valley closed. It forced the door open for new activities to come into focus. And over time, as more people see what is happening the more people will want to get involved.”
Noah Ullmann, right, 12, helps his sister Olivia across the Off the Wallz Splash Park in Summerside.