COLORADO SPRINGS • Air City 360, the only roller coaster amusement park of its kind in the United States, wants visitors to step out of their comfort zone and enjoy thrilling, gravity-defying fun.
Air City 360 opened at 225 Spectrum Loop in the Polaris Pointe development in August, attracting thrill seekers from across the state.
Attractions include The City, The 360, Zipway, Jump Bags, Air-Active Zones, trampolines, Xtreme Dodge Ball, The Sky Tower, Arcade Zone, City Cafe’, Sky View/City View Party Rooms and Party Tables.
Deborah Dettmann, the park’s chief operating officer, founder and co-owner, said the company took its name because it offers “360 degrees of adventure.”
“Participants flip, glide or glide through the air on our attractions,” Dettman said. “We are a unique adventure park in the family entertainment center of the entertainment industry. We host fun and awesome parties. We’re a place where kids of all ages can come celebrate a family outing or reunion, sports leagues, team ties or a traditional award-winning birthday party.
The 360-degree ride invites visitors to defy gravity while soaring over 500 feet of airspace. The ride originated in Europe and is the park’s most unique feature, and was created specifically for the park building, Dettmann said.
“In fact, the building was designed around it. The ride is 500 square feet of rail attached to our roof. You start by jumping off a 40 foot ramp while suspended in the air from this railing with a very secure harness. It’s gravity-fed, so every ride is different as you hover over the whole building,” Dettmann said.
Participants can also flex their climbing muscles on the SkyTower, a one-of-a-kind vertical climbing obstacle course. The City, Colorado’s largest obstacle-filled mega-inflatable, is considered the ultimate challenge. Plus, the Zipway, a 60-foot double zipline, is sure to please.
However, the adventure doesn’t stop there, as visitors can test their Spiderman skills by climbing vertically through 26-foot webs. The arcade and redemption zone tests arcade and virtual reality skills and also attracts thrill seekers.
Extreme Dodgeball is available for those who like to dodge, jump, duck and dive. Active air trampoline areas, jump bags, archways and more are also offered. The Toddler 180 Park, designed for ages 8 and under, features a slide, rock climb and jump, toddler obstacle course, and soft play area.
After hours of non-stop fun, visitors can quench their thirst and appetite at City Cafe’. And those looking for a unique venue for a party or special event are encouraged to visit the SkyView and CityView Party Rooms.
Watching children squeal with delight or people fly overhead is Dettmann’s greatest reward, she said. What draws people the most to Air City 360 is “the opportunity to have fun with friends or family that provides shelter from winter or summer outdoor weather,” Dettmann said.
The Air City 360 concept was created in 2018, when Dettmann sought to offer something unique for all ages and hold events in the Springs’ Northgate area instead of driving to Denver. Building the business from scratch proved to be the only real difficulty, she said.
“Since our business is usually a kind of ‘rental’ place, building from scratch is a unique concept in itself,” said Dettmann. “We had a long failed loan, for various reasons, and then we were able to sell our concept to a local bank, ABC Bank, who thought the project and development, Polaris Pointe, was a great opportunity for the community.”
While trying to grow the fleet, COVID-19 restrictions and manufacturing and distribution issues have made it difficult for Air City 360 to secure certain supplies.
“However, starting the construction process and attraction orders in early 2020 helped us fully open in August 2021,” Dettmann said of Air City 360, which employs 60 to 80 people.