HANFORD — Things may be jumping at The Hanford Mall after Urban Air Adventure Park announced on its website that it secured the location as its next trampoline park site.
“We are excited to bring our state-of-the-art adventure park attractions to the wonderful city of Hanford,” Michael Browning, CEO of Urban Air Adventure Park, said in a press release online. “Residents of Hanford and nearby communities of Visalia, Tulare, Lemoore and Selma, can look forward to experiencing our modern approach to safe and affordable family fun and one-of-a-kind birthday party packages with our innovative adventure attractions.”
Urban Air describes itself as a “full-service family entertainment center” that includes attractions like trampoline parks, foam pits, dodgeball courts and obstacle courses for all ages.
The press release states Urban Air Hanford will be furnished with wall-to-wall trampoline arenas, dodgeball courts, a stunt airbag, slam dunk tracks, tumble track, various obstacle courses and a battle beam.
The release also said the site will be home to the Urban Air Adventure Hub, which is set to include attractions that can only be found at Urban Air such as an indoor rope course, indoor climbing walls, pro-zone performance trampoline pit and an indoor coaster.
Malory Sheffield, special event coordinator at Urban Air’s corporate office, said in an email Thursday that the company is excited about moving into the location.
Urban Air’s website said the Hanford location will feature 45,000 square feet of trampoline and adventure park attractions. It said there will also be a “state-of-the-art arcade” and café.
It's unclear where in the mall the park will be located, but the Forever 21 85,000-square-foot space that has been vacant since last year seems to be the only site large enough to hold what Urban Air said it plans to have.
Sheffield said the opening date for the Hanford location is still to be determined, but the website said it’s aiming for a spring 2018 opening.
Mall officials declined to provide details or an official announcement pending ongoing negotiations.
CORCORAN — A man was shot Tuesday in Corcoran and police said they are looking for any information on the incident.
On Tuesday just before 7 p.m., Corcoran Police officers said they were dispatched to the 1500 block of Estes Avenue regarding shots fired.
Upon arrival, officers said they found a man who had been shot multiple times.
Police said officers and emergency medical personnel gave aid to the man on scene before he was transported to the hospital. They said the victim underwent surgery and remains in serious condition.
Officials said officers from the Corcoran Police Department and the Kings County Gang Task Force are investigating this case.
Anyone with information regarding this attempted homicide is encouraged to contact Sgt. John Harris at 992-5151 or leave information on the confidential crime line at 992-3591.
HANFORD — Main Street Hanford announced Thursday that the organization is parting ways with Shelly Johnson, who was the executive director of the nonprofit for eight years.
Johnson was in charge of the two-person team that organized 27 downtown events every year, including the popular Thursday Night Market Place. She was hired in 2009 after nine years of working with the Reedley Downtown Association.
A statement from the Main Street Hanford board of directors reads: “Effective November 30, 2017, Shelly (Talbert) Johnson has left her position as Executive Director of Main Street Hanford after eight years of service. The Main Street board of directors and everyone associated with Main Street thank Shelly for her hard work and accomplishments and wish her the best.
"Effective December 1, Michelle Brown will become interim Director and will serve in that capacity until the board completes its search for a new executive director.”
Davis Taylor, secretary of the executive board of directors, said Main Street will conduct a nationwide search for a new executive director that will begin soon and run through about mid-January. Taylor is also the publisher of The Sentinel.
Steve Bannister, president of the executive board of directors, said an application should go online through the National Main Street organization’s website within the next week.
Taylor said the organization will look for someone with experience running similar downtown operations and can “hit the ground running.”
“We want to make sure we find the right person,” Bannister said.
For now, Taylor said Main Street will continue to focus on the future. He said the past year has been good for the organization, with record-breaking attendance and ticket sales to events, and there are even talks to add more nights to Thursday Night Market Place.
Bannister said National Main Street — a larger organization of which Main Street Hanford is a part — is also rolling out a new approach to downtown revitalization that he looks forward to adopting.
“We’re looking to make 2018 a really productive year,” Bannister said.