Dundee’s first-ever trampoline park is set to open in four months after councillors approved plans for the attraction.
The £1.5 million facility will be based beside Soccerworld in Old Glamis Road and is expected to create up to 80 jobs.
Scott Fairgrieve, managing director of Ryze, told the Tele that there were “exciting times” ahead as he prepares to bring the 37,000 sq ft park to the city.
The attraction will replace four five-a-side pitches and will also include an aerial ninja obstacle course, super trampolines, foam pits, dodgeball and hanging bags.
It will be the firm’s third Scottish venue after Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Previous plans to bring the facility to Claverhouse Industrial Estate had been knocked back by the council — but Mr Fairgrieve said he had been “determined” to come to Dundee.
Speaking after councillors gave it the green light on Monday night, he said: “We are now in the final stages of design and will have plans ready this month.
“We are just about to lodge a warrant, and all going to plan, will open in March. We will start our recruitment drive in January.
“We were offered parks in other areas, but Dundee is where we want to be.
“With our three locations in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee we can reach 90% of communities in Scotland.
“The new park will create 60 to 80 jobs — we still need to finalise our layout and that will determine how many staff we need.”
Mr Fairgrieve added: “We were disappointed not to get the site at Claverhouse, but the local council has been extremely co-operative throughout the whole process.
“With the new site, we are hoping we can accommodate 180 to 210 people at any given time.
“I was up in Dundee yesterday and I had a good feeling about last night’s decision. Dundee is a really exciting venture for us.
“We are planning to make it one of the best parks in the UK and our flagship premises within Scotland.
“My son, Jay, who is an associate director at Ryze, will be spending the next six months in Dundee to oversee the development. We are delighted to have secured the site in the city.”
Euan McIntosh, head coach at Tay Trampoline Club, welcomed the news. He said: “We are incredibly happy the planning application has been approved.
“We’re glad more people are becoming aware of trampolining as a way to keep fit, have fun, and more importantly, as a sport.
“Hopefully this will give us more access overall to talented gymnasts who are interested in competitive trampolining.”