By Conrad Dudderar
A new trampoline park could be bouncing into Yukon in early 2024.
The Yukon Planning Commission, at its April 10 meeting, voted 4-0 to recommend approval of a commercial planned unit development (PUD) for Ground Control Park at 1700 Health Center Parkway.
The Yukon City Council is due to consider the positive recommendation at its May 2 meeting.
Ground Control owner Brady Spencer wants to bring a new family entertainment center to a three-acre site on the north side of N.W. 10th between Professional Circle and Health Center Parkway.
Spencer has hired Sawatzky Construction of Weatherford to construct a 33,810 square foot free-standing building on now-vacant land in Yukon Parkway West-Phase VI.
Plans call for Yukon’s Ground Control Park to feature an open course with trampolines and gymnastics long mats, along with a ninja warrior course, dodgeball, basketball court, rock climbing wall, stunt fall, and slides.
A café featuring food and refreshments will be available for birthday parties and other special events.
“Just a bunch of fun stuff for families to come and do,” Spencer told planning commissioners. “Our target audience is a two-year-old on up.”
Hours of operation would be from noon to 9 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 10 p.m. on weekends.
The Ground Control Park building would be 25 feet tall and 240 feet long.
The outside will have synthetic stucco pillars, 7.4-foot-high split-face masonry block and horizontal architectural metal siding used in many “high-end” commercial buildings, Spencer explained.
“This literally will be at my front door,” Yukon’s Jason Warner told planning commissioners. “At least three sides of this building will be accessible to view from roads.”
Warner lives on the south side of N.W. 10th directly across from the proposed trampoline park. Five houses along 10th Street face the new commercial development.
The applicant will be required to install trees as a landscaping “buffer” between the building and streets on all three sides, according to Assistant City Manager Mitchell Hort.
Lighting will not cast beyond the property line, Hort added.
AN ‘EYE’ ON YUKON
In 2018, Spencer and Erick Paulino developed the idea to bring family trampoline parks to certain areas in Oklahoma and Texas.
They now operate and own two parks in San Antonio and Dallas.
“We have had our eye on towns west of OKC since 2010,” Spencer wrote in a March 2nd justification letter to Yukon city officials. “(W)e kept hearing the amazing growth stories of Yukon.
“We started working on finding the perfect location in June of 2022 and couldn’t be more excited to bring Ground Control Park to this area.”
Ground Control’s owners expect the build to take 10 to 12 months to complete before the new Yukon entertainment venue opens.
Spencer believes this project will be an “amazing enhancement to the Yukon area.”
The master plan shows drives via Professional Circle on the west side and Health Center Parkway on the east side, along with 163 parking spaces.