by Fred Eisenhammer
THOUSAND OAKS – There was so much optimism when it was announced in August 2013 that a bowling center was planned for Janss Marketplace in the east Ventura County city of Thousand Oaks.
And even when it appeared something was dragging out the process, local bowlers clinged to the hope that Thousand Oaks could somehow land its first bowling center since the Conejo Bowl closed in 1995. But all hope for the proposed bowling center (and indoor skateboarding area and arcade) got squashed in 2015 when news about the project suddenly became scarce and the story just faded from the radar screen.
Representatives of the planned bowling center had targeted the spacious area in the Janss mall occupied by Padavo Home Furnishings, which had taken over the Linens ’n Things store about seven years ago. Although things didn’t work out for the bowling center, another recreational business has now jumped into the void at Janss.
Newmark Merrill, the owner of Janss Marketplace, disclosed that it has signed a 10-year lease with Provo, Utah based CircusTrix to open a 37,000-square-foot trampoline center at the Padavo site, according to the weekly Acorn newspaper.
Yes, a trampoline center has bounced the bowling center off the Janss landscape. CircusTrix develops and operates indoor trampoline and extreme recreation parks. It has more than 30 parks in the U.S., Europe and Asia and is the largest such operator in the world. SkyWalk Extreme Air Sports in Fresno is the closest.
A CircusTrix representative said the company hopes to open DojoBoom at Janss in May, according to the Acorn.
So it appears it’s all systems go for the huge trampoline center at Janss. But one still has to wonder how a bowling center would have fared there.