Letter: Trampolines too dangerous for kids

To the editor:

I read, with much dismay, your article about the proposed trampoline park for the Franklin area (“Urban Air jumps into old grocery,” Aug. 6).

As a former pediatric nurse, I am appalled that any business, municipality or newspaper would encourage an activity that puts the the youth at such a risk for injury, permanent disabilities and impediment of the natural bone growth of children. Having been a nurse at an Indianapolis area hospital, I have seen such injuries first hand. A trampoline park on the west side of Indianapolis (Sky Zone) even made the news last year with its numerous injuries.

Even the American Academy of Pediatrics has warned against such recreational trampoline use by children.

A little bit of research of the nationwide hazards and injuries of this type of business should give you all the information you need concerning this issue.

I believe that you have a duty as a newspaper to inform the Franklin Redevelopment Commission of the public risk of such a venture. While they want to bring more business to the area, putting our children at risk does not seem to be the way to go. I certainly wouldn’t want that on my conscience.

Rita Nicholson