Get Air Wichita indoor trampoline park to open at former Big Dog campus

WICHITA — Another company is going to be taking part of the former Big Dog Motorcycles space downtown, and this one is an especially fun one.

Get Air Wichita is a giant indoor trampoline park and is part of a growing chain of eight Get Air parks nationally.

“It’s been an incredible opportunity both for me and kids,” says Nancy Deville, who has teamed with other investors to open the business.

“Basically, what really drew me to it is the trampoline because kids love to jump,” she says.

Except she’s hoping adults use the park, too.

“You can burn 1,000 calories an hour jumping on the trampoline,” Deville says. “It’s so much fun.”

Deville is a California-based health book writer, and she says two of the most important things for maintaining health are getting exercise and clearing your mind.

“There’s not enough of that for kids today,” she says of physical activity and time “where you’re just not thinking about anything.”

Get Air will open in 22,000 square feet on New York Street between Douglas and First Street.

The wall-to-wall trampoline will have a number of different areas for various activities, including dodge ball, a basketball dunk and foam pits. There’s also a bungee jump that helps users who can’t do flips on their own.

There will be a toddler area as well.

“That’s really important because then they won’t be intimidated by the older kids,” Deville says.

“Birthday parties are going to be a big part of what we do,” she says. Deville says it makes sense to have something active to do after serving birthday cake.

“What do you do when you’ve got 15 kids with a sugar high?”

There will be teen nights, parities and corporate events “so we can get people out of their office and do team building and confidence building and clearing out mental cobwebs,” Deville says.

There’s also going to be something called GETAIR-obics for exercise.

“I want to see more adults coming out,” Deville says. “How many hours can one person stand on a treadmill staring at CNN?”

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McGinty Machine has contract on part of the former Big Dog Motorcycles space

WICHITA — In late December, Have You Heard? reported that part of the former Big Dog Motorcycles space at 1520 E. Douglas is under contract.

There’s still not a done deal for the 20,000-square-foot warehouse space near Douglas and Hydraulic, which is east of where Big Dog’s 60,000-square-foot showroom was, but now it’s clear who the potential buyer is.

Nearby neighbor Don McGinty is eyeing the space for his McGinty Machine, which is in a 43,000 square-foot building at First and Hydraulic.

“We’re doing our due diligence now,” McGinty says. “It won’t be definite until I say I really want it.”

It depends on whether he can get tax abatements on the property and new machinery he wants to buy. McGinty says he’s looking at a $3 million to $5 million expansion. He says he’s likely to hire 10 to 15 people over the next couple of years.

“We’re just kicking it up a notch,” McGinty says.

That includes likely developing a sheet metal fabrication shop that will do table-top assemblies to serve aircraft companies.

“In the future, they’re going to want (us) to build the small assemblies, maybe to go into the bigger assemblies,” McGinty says.

His father and uncle started the company in the 1940s by making small aircraft parts.

“Now we go up to 40-foot long,” McGinty says.

More and more, he says, aircraft companies want their machine shop vendors to be one-stop shops for all their parts needs.

“That’s the direction we’re moving,” McGinty says.

To make that possible, his first choice is to expand into the Big Dog space. If he doesn’t get the abatements, though, McGinty says he might have to look elsewhere.

“It’s not really my desire,” he says.

McGinty thinks abatements make sense for Wichita for a couple of reasons.

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