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Trampoline park regulations could finally be coming after Richmond death

Jay Greenwood, 46, died at Extreme Air Park in Richmond in 2018
Jay Greenwood, 46, died at Extreme Air Park in Richmond in 2018

Changes to the law could be on the way surrounding the safety of trampoline parks, following the death of a father at a Richmond facility in 2018.

The B.C. government introduced a proposal last week in the legislature that would allow the province to develop new regulations at trampoline parks and similar amusement venues.

Following a series of serious accidents at trampoline parks – including the 2018 death of Jay Greenwood, 46, at Extreme Air in Richmond – recommendations were made to the government in 2019 by governing body Technical Safety BC.

The recommendations only came about after local health authorities, parents and municipal governments called for trampoline parks to be regulated due to the potential public safety risk.

Many people involved in the call were shocked that trampoline parks seemed to operating outside of any such regulation in B.C.

If passed, the amendment would allow the province to work with the industry to better ensure the safety for customers using trampoline parks.

Greenwood, of Victoria, was reportedly performing a series of stunts when he suffered the fatal fall.

Technical Safety BC oversees the safety of amusement devices, including roller coasters, ziplines, inflatable devices such as bouncy castles, bumper cars, simulators and waterslides, but current regulation does not address trampoline parks.