Another was at 1525 N. First Avenue in Melrose Park. The owner, Martin Brunderman, opened the park as Americans were swept from one fad to another: miniature golf, then hula hoops, then trampoline parks.
Apparently several centers were opened around Chicagoland. Visitors paid 50 cents for a half-hour on one of the trampolines, according to Chicago Tribune archives from the early 1960s. I personally remember the one on Devon Avenue just east of Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. The leg-less trampoline that laid flat atop an open pit. of about 3 foot deep.
Tons of fun, Right?.... but then things turn sour.
Another story from June 1964 said an Oak Park man was granted $150,000 by a Circuit Court jury after being paralyzed from the waist down in a trampoline accident.
John L. Shea was 18 when he paid 50 cents to use a trampoline at Bounceland in Melrose Park for 30 minutes. He was thrown off balance by defective springs and hospitalized for one year.
Bounceland closes forever.
Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.