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.
In November 1960, a father and daughter sued Bounceland for $50,000 in damages, claiming that a 6-year-old girl suffered a sprained right foot when she fell from a trampoline. When her father, James Jennings, bounced on the trampoline to see what was wrong with it, he came down on steel supports, suffering a back injury that forced him to be hospitalized for six weeks, the article said.
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.