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¢ 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¢ 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 thus closes forever.
Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.