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Trampolines, bumper cars, zip lines, oh my!

Sterling woman raising funds for Soar 'N Skies Adventure Park

STERLING – A new entertainment venue with bumper cars, trampolines, zip lines and more may be coming to the Sauk Valley.

Sterling native Tasha McCoy hopes to open Soar’N Skies Adventure Park in early 2021. She declined Wednesday to reveal the Whiteside County location or discuss any other details until the lease is signed, which she said should be in a week or so.

McCoy has, however, established a Soar’N Skies Facebook page, an Instagram account, and a GoFundMe campaign. Soar ‘N Skies also recently joined both the Sauk Valley Area and Rock Falls chambers of commerce.

The GoFundMe campaign seeks to raise $175,000 and attract investors for the adventure park, which McCoy said was inspired by a visit to a trampoline park in Crystal Lake that also had obstacle courses, a playground, rock climbing, zip lines and more.

“As a single mom, I am always seeking new, fun and exciting things to do for my very active and energetic 6-year-old daughter,” she wrote on her GoFundMe page. “I would absolutely love to bring that same fun and excitement to our local town.”

According to McCoy, the average trampoline park costs more than $2 million; she plans to apply for state and federal grants, and hold events and other fundraisers to help pay for the project.

“We are utilizing community reach fundraising for 8% of the total investment,” she wrote on her GoFundMe page.

McCoy began working with the Sauk Valley Community College Small Business Development Center in the summer, registered her business with the state in October and in November registered a trademark for Soar’N Skies, the Sauk Valley Area chamber wrote in its February New Member Spotlight series.

She met with mayors Skip Lee of Sterling and Bill Wescott of Rock Falls in January to discuss potential locations. Lee found the idea “very interesting,” he said Wednesday. He, too, declined to provide further details.

McCoy also is working with a trampoline park equipment company and hopes to open in early 2021, the chamber said.

The goal is to “bring growth and development to our community,” and give local youth something to do, she wrote.

“No large franchises want to open parks in small towns, they like large cities so they can bring in as much money as they can. I’d like to change this way of thinking, because small towns matter too. I’d like to take a different approach and personalize the experience offering affordable, safe fun for everyone.”

To learn more

On Soar’N Skies Facebook page:

“Here at Soar N Skies®, we’d love to hear from you! As we look at different equipment for our park design, we’d like to know YOUR favorite features and attractions when visiting trampoline parks. Also, let us know what you’d like to see at our park? Ninja warrior courses, Ziplines, Rock Climbing, Slam dunk hoops? ... As a local entrepreneur and Sterling resident, I’d like to customize what works best for our town!”

Find Soar’N Skies Adventure Park on Facebook or Instagram at @soarnskiesadventurepark for more information.

Go to gofundme.com/f/soar-n-skies-fundraising-campaign to donate.

Contact McCoy directly at soarnskies@gmail.com.

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