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Sky High Sports Files for Bankruptcy: Do You Take Your Family There?

Sky High Sports, the recreational trampoline facility in Bellevue, has filed for bankruptcy, with debts including payments to insurance company. The facility will remain open during the proceedings, according to news reports.

Sky High Sports, the recreational trampoline facility in Bellevue, has filed for bankruptcy, according to KIRO TV.

According to the TV station, the Bellevue facility will remain open during the bankruptcy proceedings.

The facility, one of more than a dozen throughout the nation, had been subject to scrutiny and at least after questions have been raised about the facility's safety since it opened in 2010.

Among Bellevue facility's liabilities included more than $272,000 to companies related to insurance, including $60,000 in insurance deductibles, according to papers filed Jan. 11, 2013, in United States Bankruptcy Court in Nevada. 

Have you visited Sky High Sports? Do you think it's dangerous? Do you hope it stays open? Tell us in the comments.

Despite the waiver that families sign before participating at the facility, the Bellevue facility has been targeted by lawsuits.

KIRO said that in 2010, in the months after the Bellevue facility opened, parents started reporting about broken bones and other serious injuries suffered at the facility. Several families filed lawsuits, according to the TV station.

In 2012, the Seattle Weekly reported that a family sued the facility after a child suffered a head injury at Sky High.

Owner Jerry Raymond, who co-founded the company with his brother, Ron Raymond, told news sources, including Bellevue Patch in 2011, that the activity of jumping on trampolines was an "extreme sport" and that "all extreme sports come with risks."

"We've had a few minor injuries a month at the Bellevue facility," Raymond told Patch in 2011. "But that is a few accidents among the thousands of people who visit the facility each month."

Yelp shows that the facility has both fans and detractors, with fans saying that the facility was fun for kids and adults.

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KIRO: 'Fun center' goes bankrupt after lawsuits over broken bones, twisted limbs

tina February 28, 2013 at 01:06 AM
I have a special needs daughter who went there on a regular basis and just laughed the entire time...it's a shame. Although I can't comment on the people who got hurt because I don't know the circumstances, it seems we do have a society that wants to make easy money on others peoples success
Markelle F March 04, 2013 at 03:20 AM
I'm a 13 year old girl and my friends and I go there everyweekend! I love it there! It's my favorate place! I don't think it's dangerous and the staff makes sure to insure safety. It's also a great place for exercise! I really hope it does not close or my friends and I will be Terribly upset. I have no complaints about that place. I hope that helped I really love it there Markelle
Brad Hoban June 14, 2013 at 04:31 AM
Wow, just found out today that Skyhigh was closed. My son and I have been going there for years now and he looks forward to it everytime (he lives in Hawaii and visits in the summer and winter). As Ryan mentioned earlier, you control what you do. I'm 45 and my son is now 14, I wish I could do some of the things he does but am smart enough to know it's not in my best interest anymore....lol. I hope that they make it threw all this but, if not, it will be a shame that a few have taken away a great deal of enjoyment for many because they don't take accountability for their own actions.
Venice Buhain June 17, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Thank you for the update, Brad Hoban. I passed by recently and saw that the location looked empty, but I wasn't sure whether it was closed for good, but that does appear to be the case.

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