LOUISVILLE, Ky. — For over a year, Milton Blevins II has taken his son, Milton Blevins III, to Altitude Trampoline Park in Louisville on Sunday morning. It’s a routine his nine-year-old son looks forward to every week.
“He wakes me up constantly throughout the night,” Blevins said. “He looks forward to coming here; it’s very therapeutic for him.”
The atmosphere caters to his son who has autism. Even though the park officially opens at noon, it opens to those with special needs an hour early every Sunday. Admission is free for those with special needs and parents or chaperons get a discount, paying $7.95 versus the normal $12 entry. Music is also turned off, and it’s not open to the general public.
“I mean if you can just go somewhere and just ignore the outside world, where there’s not a lot of overwhelming sounds and events, that trigger his sensitive sensory, so this is big for him,” Blevins told Spectrum News 1.
With 41,000 square feet, nothing is off-limits, from the basketball court to a foam pit that will swallow you whole. There’s plenty to discover. Trained staff make the rounds to make ensure everyone is safe. The same rules still apply, but sometimes there are exceptions.
“Some special needs kids come in with a brace on their legs and it’s supported by their shoes. You are supposed to only jump on the trampoline with jump socks, but if somebody like that comes in where they need their shoes to support their legs, we let them jump anyways,” said Court Leader Deion Walls.
Altitude Trampoline Park’s owner, Leslie Hall said the business is a Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Louisville level two, meaning it has “made small modifications/adjustments to its premises to improve access to those with autism in order to better them,” according to FEAT’s website.
Milton has jumped on Sundays for over a year. Blevins said it’s an outlet for his son’s energy, and he has seen his son’s confidence grow.
“Most definitely, especially social wise, like today he found a friend. I am not even jumping with him as much as I used to,” Blevins said.
The special needs jump is every Sunday from 11 a.m. till noon. Saturday mornings are also free for those with special needs from 9 a.m. till 10 a.m. However, it’s during regular business hours so music is turned on. Hall said it’s usually the next step for those with special needs after they have jumped for sometime on Sunday mornings during Special Needs Jump. For more info and location, visit Altitude Trampoline Park’s website.