Park closed

Leaky roof forces new fa­cil­ity to shut tem­po­rar­ily

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Douglas Dickie

Ruther­glen’s new tram­po­line park has been forced to tem­po­rar­ily shut less than a week af­ter it opened.

Flip Out is the world’s largest tram­po­line park but a leak­ing roof left hun­dreds dis­ap­pointed on Easter Sun­day.

Res­i­dents have been left dis­ap­pointed af­ter Ruther­glen’s new tram­po­line park was forced to close tem­po­rar­ily less than a week af­ter it opened.

Flip Out opened with much fan­fare on Mon­day, April 10, in time for the Easter week­end.

But on Sun­day, rain fall led to a leak in the roof, leaving the own­ers with no choice but to close the Southcroft Road fa­cil­ity.

They posted the news on their Face­book page, but many cus­tomers didn’t no­tice and turned up with their chil­dren, only to be left dis­ap­pointed.

Orig­i­nally, they posted say­ing heavy rain had caused a “small is­sue with part of our roof,” and the fa­cil­ity would re­main closed on Sun­day.

But a few hours later, they con­firmed they would need to close un­til this week­end at the ear­li­est while re­pairs are car­ried out.

All book­ings will be re­funded while cus­tomers will also be of­fered a free visit.

The Re­former asked Flip Out on Tues­day when they would re-open, but no date has been set yet. A spokes­woman said: “We apol­o­gise to all our jumpers, but due to some heavy rain we’ve had to close to carry out some es­sen­tial roof re­pairs.

“All book­ings will be re­funded and re-booked for a day that suits.

“We hope to be back open by the week­end and ask jumpers to bear with us while we sort out the prob­lem.”

Some peo­ple took to Face­book to vent their frus­tra­tion at the news.

One said: “Dis­ap­pointed to have got as far as front door be­fore be­ing told its closed. Book­ing wasn’t un­til 1pm and with my phone num­ber and email ad­dress I would have ex­pected to know be­fore now. Two very dis­ap­pointed kids.”

An­other said: “Got there with my friend at 11am for our 1pm ses­sion only to be told they were shut. Trav­elled from Falkirk/Grange­mouth.”

The 63,000 sq ft arena, thought to be the big­gest tram­po­line park in the world, proved to be a mas­sive hit in the few days it was open.

Last week man­ager Ge­orge Gal­lacher told the Re­former: “I think Ruther­glen is an ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic place to have it. We are right next to the M74 for a start and 50,000 cars pass by here ev­ery day.”

Bounce Flip Out proved pop­u­lar when it opened

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