DENHAM SPRINGS – A developer of a trampoline park in the Bass Pro district agreed to add 36 parking spaces after concerns raised by the Denham Springs City Council at its meeting Tuesday.
Ross Bruce, of Dantin Bruce Development, is building a facility for Urban Air Trampoline Park, 170 Bass Pro Blvd., and was seeking a variance for the number of parking spaces required.
Bruce’s variance request asked for one parking space per 400 square feet gross floor area (GFA) of the building; the city code requires one space for every 150 feet (GFA).
The developer, who is building the center for a franchise owner who will rent it, said they were planning on 90 parking spaces.
“Ninety spaces is a lot of parking for the business we’re in,” Bruce said. “Typically, people carpool or parents drop off their children and go shop."
Extra parking space is available for parking and, Bruce said, if needed, property to the west of the site was for sale.
City building official Rick Foster told the council he contacted three other Urban Air parks in cities similar to Denham Springs and heard they had no parking problems.
Councilman Jeff Wesley said he had two concerns: how spillover parking would affect nearby businesses and children crossing Bass Pro Boulevard if they parked on the other side of the street.
“I would rather lean to the side of safety,” he said.
Signs could be erected to warn people about parking across the street or crossing Bass Pro Boulevard, Bruce said.
Bruce said the trampoline park did not fit perfectly into a city zoning category and was placed in commercial/recreational.
He called the building “a large warehouse,” with the different activities, six party rooms, a small café, and office.
Foster said the area where the extra 36 parking spaces were would have gravel and limestone, but Bruce offered to pour concrete on them and make them parking spaces if that was what the council wanted.
The Urban Park park is a $5 million investment in Denham Spring, Bruce said, and he hoped city officials could work with him to stay on schedule.
His engineer would have to redesign parking and it would have to be approved, he said.
The City Council approved the variance with the stipulation that the business have 126 parking spaces. That would lower the ratio to one parking space for every 242 feet GFA.