Residents of all ages have some high-flying fun to look forward to when Safari Trampoline Park opens in the coming weeks.
Construction began on the facility back in May, and owner Jay Surani said the park is close to completion, with only a few more hurdles to overcome. The 22,000 square foot complex is about 95 percent done, Surani said, with all the trampoline areas already installed and completed. Work continues on the remainder of the facility, as contractors await installation and approval of the HVAC system.
The complex features a variety of different trampoline areas, including a four-lane obstacle course, a dodgeball area and an enclosed toddler-specific area, which Surani said he felt was important to make sure the facility was inclusive to all ages. Surani added that he'd been considering the idea of building the park for some time, as his own children are fans of such attractions and he felt there weren't enough activities in Williston for youth.
"There's not much to do for children," he explained. "Before Minot had a (trampoline) park, I would take my kids to Fargo. We've been thinking about it the last few years, and thought it would be good for the area. We talked to Williston Economic Development, and they loved it. They were probably more excited than I am. It will be a safe, clean place for kids to come have fun."
More than just a trampoline park, Safari Trampoline Park will feature an arcade with over 30 different games, bumper cars and a large kitchen facility that will serve an assortment of foods, such as pizza, burgers, fries and fresh donuts. Surani added that the complex will have rooms available for rental, so that parents can hold birthday parties and other events at the facility.
Surani said he and his crew have been working around 12 hours a day to complete the work needed in anticipation of opening day. He noted that the layout of some of the electrical and ventilation systems caused some minor delays, but that the work was steadily progressing.
"The only thing holding us back is the HVAC," he explained. "With the position of the HVAC units, we have to have approval. So once we have the seal of approval, we'll be open the next day."
Surani anticipates the facility will be completed and ready to open its doors in the next five to six weeks, but hopes the work can be done sooner, as he is anxious to share Safari Trampoline Park with the community.
"We're very excited to open," he said. "If somebody had told me when we started that we'd be ready in January, I wouldn't have believed them. It's come together very well, and I think people will really like it."