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Trampoline park, library earn architecture awards

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

A branch library and an airplane hangar turned trampoline park are among the recipients of awards presented Thursday by the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

The honor award for the architecture category – as in new structures – went to the office building for the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz, designed by Mark Cavagnero Associates. The 30-member firm was the top award recipient overall: It received a merit award in architecture for ODC Theater in the Mission District and a merit award in interiors for Durant Hall on the UC Berkeley campus, as well as a historic preservation honor award for the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Richmond.

Honor awards in preservation also went to Mark Horton/Architecture for the House of Air trampoline park facing Crissy Field in the Presidio, and the Golden Gate Branch Library in Pacific Heights by Paulett Taggart Architects + Tom Eliot Fisch.

San Francisco’s Pavement to Parks program, which oversees the creation of miniature “parklets” from parking spaces, received a special achievement award, with the jury calling it “innovative … a beacon of bright light.” A parklet at 46th Avenue and Noriega Street by Matarozzi Pelsinger Design + Build was cited in the architecture category.

Another special achievement award went to the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association. The group is known for championing contemporary design rather than resisting it, as do other local groups.

Overall, just 25 awards were selected from more than 180 entries, the sign of a tough jury that included Craig Dykers of Snøhetta, the firm designing the new wing of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Any firm in the chapter could submit entries; designs also could be entered in the running if they are within 30 miles of downtown San Francisco.

A full list of winners is at www.aiasf.org.

John King is the San Francisco Chronicle’s urban design critic. Twitter: @johnkingsfchron. jking@sfchronicle.com

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West Coast ‘sister city’

Posted on: May 8th, 2012

BY ANDREW MCCREDIE, POSTMEDIA NEWS

Okay, first thing I learned here is never, I mean never, refer to it as ‘Frisco.’

City by the Bay, no problem. The Paris of the West, sure. Even Baghdad by the Bay passes muster. But not Frisco, as I discovered on a number of occasions when uttering the F-word to the locals during a recent weekend getaway to San Fran. Who knew?

Second thing I discovered, much to my relief, is that despite not a theme park to be seen, a well-earned reputation for all things romantic, and a counter-culture history not exactly suited for young minds, San Francisco is a great place for kids.

This was my first time visiting the cosmopolitan city with children in tow, and before landing at San Francisco airport on Friday morning — less than two hours flight time from YVR — I was a bit concerned that my nine- and 11-year old, though well-travelled, might not appreciate our three-day visit to this Vancouver-esque city.

As it turned out, the entire weekend was spent doing kid-friendly activities, and a dizzying 60 hours later while thumbing through a well-worn tourist guide awaiting our flight back to YVR on Sunday, I realized we could have spent another few before exhausting the preteen “things to do list.”

They’re not official sister cities, but Vancouver and San Francisco have much in common.

There’s that over-arching West Coast vibe, from the tolerant and friendly populace to the wide variety and high quality of the food.

There’s the climate (insert rain joke here) and the geography.

And then there’s the ease of getting around, as we discovered after spending just 30 minutes in a cab from San Francisco International to our hotel in the central downtown district of Nob Hill. We’d caught an early flight out of Vancouver — following a similar half-hour cab ride from our North Van home to the airport — so after a quick check-in, we were clanging down Hyde Street hanging off a cable car en route to Fisherman’s Wharf with mid-morning commuters. From there it was a 10-minute walk to the Ferry terminal building and our first family friendly destination — Alcatraz.The infamous penal colony is of course one of the city’s two iconic historical sites; the Golden Gate Bridge, which celebrates its 75th anniversary on May 27, being the other.

Still, I worried that the advertised two- to three-hour self-guided tour of ‘The Rock’ was going to strain the very essence of the kids’ ever-diminishing attention spans, though I also suspected the fact they’d be wearing GPS devices and headphones during the tour would feed their ever-expanding appetite for ‘technology.’

Turns out any misgivings were misplaced as they each spent a couple of wide-eyed hours hearing the stories, touring the cellblock and treading in the footsteps of the thousands of prisoners and guards who called the desolate island home between the 1930s and 1960s.

The parent in me also hoped there was a bit of a ‘scared straight’ aspect about the tour, and as we headed back to the mainland they were both uncharacteristically quiet as we discussed what it would be like to stuck on ‘The Rock’ serving time. (For info visit www.nps.gov/alca and for tickets www.alcatrazcruises.com).

Back on the mainland it was time for a late lunch and we didn’t have to go far as the Fisherman’s Wharf area is teeming with eateries, from casual to formal, from cheap to expensive.

We then spent a few more hours in and around Fisherman’s Wharf, checking out the numerous T-shirt shops and other tourist-trappy attractions, including a Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in the heart of the district.

Feeling the effects of a long day that started early in Vancouver, we headed back to our hotel for dinner and dessert in the hotel’s comfortable lounge, resting up for the only full day we’d have on our three-day trip.

The next morning it was back on the cable car for the 10-minute ride to Fisherman’s Wharf and a visit to a tour that offers one of the most unique ways to get to know a city.With the motto “The cure for the common tour,” this tour screams out for a Vancouver franchise.

GoCar Tours are a clever blend of small, easy-to-operate vehicles with high-tech GPS technology that provide a memorable way to learn about the history of a city and have some fun while doing it.

The three-wheeled cars come equipped with a GPS system that guides you through city streets on a predetermined tour — there are a number to choose from — and an audible voice coming out of the car’s speakers tells you all about the roadside attractions along the way. You rent the cars by the hour and can stop the programmed tour at any point, park the car, have lunch or check out something that catches your eye.

One hitch was road construction that took us off our programmed tour, and it did take 15 minutes or so to get back on the route.

Our tour took us through historic Chinatown and other interesting districts, and provided no shortage of trivia and historic facts that even the most seasoned San Francisco visitor would be hard-pressed to know. (Check out www.gocartours.com).

After lunch at yet another seafood restaurant — can one ever tire of them in this city? — we were off to a destination that had been a major talking point, to the point of exhaustion at times, when we first started planning our three-days in San Francisco. House of Air

Located in a former airplane hanger in The Presidio, which from 1776 to 1994 served as a military centre, the House of Air, also called Trampoline City, features four main attractions.

The Matrix is the main one, and consists of 42 conjoined trampolines, creating a “trampoline floor” larger than an NBA basketball court surrounded by trampoline walls on three sides. The Colosseum is a similar design utilizing 22 tramps and is used primarily for, to quote my son, “epic dodge ball games.” For the little, little ones there is an Junior Bounce House, while the Training Ground is a by-appointment-only apparatus featuring safety harnesses and three competition-grade trampolines.

Up until this point I’d have said Alcatraz was the big hit of the weekend, but after 90-minutes of bouncing, dodge-balling and more bouncing, the House of Air took top honours. Best of all for non-bouncers, there’s free Wi-Fi and plenty of couches and armchairs.

Take note that this is one popular attraction in the Bay area, and on weekends if you don’t have a reservation, to paraphrase the Soup Nazi, “No Bounce for you!” Visit www.houseofair.com

An added bonus of all that bouncy is the amount of energy it takes, and we gathered up our exhausted kids and headed back to the hotel for a dinner and a movie, and to make a plan for our final day in San Francisco.

With a late-afternoon flight back to Vancouver, we had the better part of Sunday to do some exploring, and we did our best by checking out Haight Ashbury, Golden Gate Park and Alamo Square, famous for its row of multi-coloured Victorian homes.

By the time we left the Haight for the airport, my daughter had grown accustomed to the parade of hippy chicks and groovy guys making their way along the avenue, with only the most outlandish of costumes forcing her to stop and stare.

And so it was with one final look over our own shoulders as our car pulled out to the departure terminal at SFO that we bade farewell to San Francisco, having learned that the City by the Bay is as much for children as it is for adults.

Just don’t call it Frisco.

amccredie@vancouversun.com

© Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun

Olympic Trampoline Quest for Two Brothers

Posted on: May 4th, 2012

In 2008, Steven Gluckstein flubbed a trick in the U.S. Olympic trampoline finals, missing a trip to the Beijing Games.

Now, what stands between him and a trip to the London Games is another Gluckstein: his younger brother Jeffrey.

“I am not going to let my little brother beat me this year,” says Steven Gluckstein, 21 years old.

Counters Jeffrey Gluckstein, 19: “Hopefully my best is just a little better than his.”

They live together in their parents’ house in New Jersey and train together at a nearby gym, where they also work together overseeing trampoline birthday parties for kids to earn money.

But rarely mentioned amid this togetherness is their high-stakes battle. Imagine Eli and Peyton Manning squaring off in the Super Bowl, or Venus and Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final. Here, however, the winner becomes an Olympian—while the loser remains a guy who bounces on trampolines.

“We both want it, so there’s no sense in talking too much about it,” says Steven Gluckstein. With two competitions left to determine the male U.S. Olympic trampoline jumper, he leads his younger brother by a narrow six-tenths of a point.

So far, the family home has managed to accommodate two Olympic wannabes. “Fortunately we haven’t had the Jerry Springer-type moment within the household,” says their father, Steven Gluckstein Sr., a Wall Street money manager.

Trampolinists Steven and Jeffrey Gluckstein aren’t just brothers, they’re also head-to-head competitors for the one and only slot representing the U.S. at the summer Olympics. WSJ’s Matt Futterman reports.

Of course, there is a long tradition of siblings in the Olympics: The Williams sisters, gymnasts Paul and Morgan Hamm, skiers Phil and Steve Mahre. Some siblings are allies, such as U.S. rowing’s Winklevoss brothers. In Olympic ice-dancing routines, there are brother-and-sister pairs.

The Gluckstein brothers have tried to support each other through a rivalry they say pushes them both to outdo the other. Steven will often make Jeffrey breakfast, and Jeffrey will sometimes return the favor at dinner time. They spot each other in training, taking turns standing by the trampoline with a crash pad while the other practices. At home, they try to carve out their own space. They sleep in separate rooms on separate floors.

“Things can get pretty tense around here,” says Loretta Gluckstein, their mother.

Trampoline became an Olympic sport in 2000 and awards one gold medal for men and one for women. China won both gold medals in 2008. Russia, Ukraine and Germany have won gold in the other years. Canada has also done well.

America has won no medals in trampoline, even though the apparatus was invented during the 1930s in Iowa. Here, though, trampoline remains largely a backyard pastime akin to swinging on a swing set. There are only 5,900 registered members of the U.S.A. Gymnastics’ trampoline and tumbling division.

One measure of how much room the Americans have to improve in the event: The U.S. has never made the final round of competition in Olympic Trampoline. Its performances in recent world competitions merited only one spot in the Olympic Games this summer. China, by contrast, earned two because its athletes have performed so successfully.

Competitions call for trampoline jumpers, also known as gymnasts, to perform two routines. The first is a compulsory routine consisting of 10 different acrobatic flips, known as skills; the second involves 10 skills of the athlete’s choosing. The latter routine normally has a higher degree of difficulty. Judges grade competitors on execution, degree of difficulty and “flight time,” which is the duration of the routine—a reflection of how much time the gymnast has spent in the air.

STEVEN GLUCKSTEIN

The Gluckstein brothers entered the sport a dozen years ago, at the suggestion of their mother.

Early on, Steven’s tumbling abilities at the gym caught the attention of a Russian émigré named Tatiana Kovaleva, a former world trampoline champion who became his coach. Steven loved the feeling of floating toward the rafters, then squeezing off flips and twists. His little brother soon got hooked too.

Their performances haven’t always been in sync.

Steven won the U.S. championship in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, however, his performances began to slip as his younger brother climbed in the rankings.

Last June, Steven hit bottom, failing to make the podium at the national championships for the first time in his career. Jeffrey, meanwhile, won gold.

After vanquishing his older brother, Jeffrey slumped, losing his balance and falling at four events.

He recovered to deliver a clean routine in time for the initial Olympic qualifying meet in March. In the bid to make the Olympics, Jeffrey now ranks second behind his older brother.

Their styles are different. Steven looks and trains like a Marine, wearing a crew-cut and rising early each day to follow a strict regimen. In addition to jumping for three hours a day, Steven goes to a gym most nights to work with weights, do exercises to strengthen his core or swim sprints across the pool. He keeps meticulous notes of his practices. His sports psychologist urges him to take time off training, Steven says, but in order to aim for the Olympics, Steven put college on hold.

By contrast, Jeffrey is taking classes at a local community college. Invariably arriving late to practice, he works out with weights when he can find the time and files the required monthly log of his workouts to the sport’s national federation just before they are due.

By all accounts, Jeffrey is the more natural gymnast. He floats off the trampoline like a gazelle, twisting in the air with the fluidity of a ballet dancer. “He’s always had this catlike ability to find his balance in the air and to know exactly how to move his body, while Steven has had to work at it,” says their father.

Of his younger brother, Steven says, “I wish I had his God-given talent and his carefree attitude.”

Their mother wonders aloud whether Jeffrey is subconsciously deferring to an older sibling whose every waking moment is dedicated to making it to London. “Jeffrey would probably really shine if he trained as hard as Steven,” Ms. Gluckstein says.

But Jeffrey says his approach makes his performances more relaxed and his acrobatics more fluid.

The final trial competition to decide who will go to the Olympics will occur in June.

Ms. Gluckstein swears she doesn’t root for one son over the other. But, she adds, “Steven being older, I think this is his time. He’s worked so hard. Jeffrey, he’s young.”

“It’s going to be bittersweet,” their father says. “The best we can hope for is one makes the team and the other becomes the alternate.” Even then, he notes, only the winner would get to march in the Opening Ceremony and live in the Olympic village.

Write to Matthew Futterman at matthew.futterman@wsj.com

Doyle Drive Closure

Posted on: April 17th, 2012

Doyle Drive Closure – April 27-30th

Doyle Drive will be closed April 27-30… because sometimes the fastest way to open is to close! This closure allows traffic to be shifted off Doyle Drive and onto a temporary, seismically safe roadway while the existing Doyle Drive is removed and the rest of the Presidio Parkway is built.

What this means for you

Traffic surrounding House of Air will be extremely heavy. Expect delays as drivers adjust to the new condition. Please contact your party guests to explain the situation and allow at least an hour to navigate the potential traffic. Below are the best routes to arrive at House of Air:

  • North Bay – Bay Bridge route is strongly advised. Take 580 South/Richmond Bridge and follow all signs for 80 West Bay Bridge. Once across the Bay Bridge follow signs for 101 North/Golden Gate Bridge. Continue on to Van Ness Ave/101 North. Turn left on Bay Street from Van Ness Ave. Continue in the right lane and turn right on Laguna Street. Laguna Street makes a left and becomes Marina Blvd. After Fort Mason and the Marina take the right hand “Y” and merge onto Old Mason Street.
  • East Bay – Once across the Bay Bridge follow signs for 101 North/Golden Gate Bridge. Continue on to Van Ness Ave/101 North. Turn left on Bay Street from Van Ness Ave. Continue in the right lane and turn right on Laguna Street. Laguna Street makes a left and becomes Marina Blvd. After Fort Mason and the Marina take the right hand “Y” and merge onto Old Mason Street.
  • South Bay – Highway 1/19th Ave will be heavily congested; 101 North is highly advised. Take 101 North and follow signs for Golden Gate Bridge. Continue on to Van Ness Ave/101 North. Turn left on Bay Street from Van Ness Ave. Continue in the right lane and turn right on Laguna Street. Laguna Street makes a left and becomes Marina Blvd. After Fort Mason and the Marina take the right hand “Y” and merge onto Old Mason Street.
  • Within San Francisco City – 25th Ave, 19th Ave, and Arguello Blvd Presidio gates will be highly congested. Old Mason Street via Marina Blvd is strongly suggested. It is anticipated that Fillmore and Divisadero Streets will have considerable traffic as well. Turn left on Bay Street from Van Ness Ave. Continue in the right lane and turn right on Laguna Street. Laguna Street makes a left and becomes Marina Blvd. After Fort Mason and the Marina take the right hand “Y” and merge onto Old Mason Street.

Contacts for more information

Traffic and Parking Information please call Presidio Parkway at (415) 295-4636 or visit PresidioParkway.com
Reservation and Party inquiries please call House of Air at (415) 345-9675

For more information, see the Weekend Closure Fact Sheet

During the closure, motorists are asked to avoid the construction area whenever possible and choose alternate routes or modes of transportation.
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High-Flying Fun at San Francisco’s House of Air

Posted on: April 12th, 2012

Bounce HouseEveryone’s been telling us how much fun they’ve had at the House of Air, San Francisco’s indoor trampoline park, so we decided that it was high time we paid it a visit. House of Air is located in an historic airplane hangar at Crissy Field in the Presidio of San Francisco, and features 8,000 square feet of trampolines that allow you to jump, fly, flip, and have a blast.

We booked our session online (always a good idea at this busy place, it turns out), and headed south across the Golden Gate Bridge. Unlike some places in San Francisco, there’s plenty of free parking in the area, especially in the large lot adjacent to the beach.

When you go in, sign the waiver if you haven’t already, then check in and get your bracelet. You either jump barefoot, or you can buy a pair of special House of Air trampoline socks to wear for $2. You’ll jump in the Matrix, a large area of 42 interconnected trampolines, which includes the 2X Bowl, a special freestyle trampoline area modeled after a skate park. The House of Air’s staff of Air Traffic Controllers give you a short briefing before your session, and then you’re good to go. You also have access to the smaller Collosseum, a space with 22 conjoined trampolines that’s used for organized sports like trampoline dodgeball.

Double bowlOverall, it’s a fun and safe environment, as long as you follow the rules. The Air Traffic Controllers are pretty stringent about making sure that everyone has a safe and good time. We first thought that an hour wouldn’t be long enough, but after 60 minutes of non-stop bouncing and flying, both kids were pretty pooped. Needless to say, we all had a great time. It’s a fantastic place to come and play for kids and grownups, too.

Normally, the Matrix is open to kids 7 and older only, but the House of Air offers Junior Geronimo sessions earlier in the day in which kids ages 3–6 can bounce and play, too. Otherwise, there’s a separate Air Junior Bounce House, complete with double sides and climbing walls, available for younger children.

House of Air will also host your birthday party. A wide variety of party packages for kids age 3 and up are offered, and range in price from $18–$40 per participant. Party options include up to two hours of jump time in the Matrix or the Bounce House, a reserved party table or VIP party room, and even video games on a Wii or Xbox 360. Bring your own cake and drinks, or order food from one of their catering partners.

Summer camps are also offered for children 7–12; registration for one-week sessions from June 11–August 17 are underway now. Camp costs $350 per week for half-day (9 am–1 pm) sessions and $600 per week for full-days (9 am–5 pm).

If you go

General admission for the House of Air’s open jump sessions is $16 per hour for those 7 and older, or $28 for two hours. Junior Geronimo sessions for kids ages 3–6 take place Mondays and Fridays from 9 am–1 pm and Tuesday–Thursdayy 11 am–1 pm only, and are $12 per person per hour (adults must accompany and must purchase a ticket; one adult for every three children). Admission to the Bounce House, for kids 3–6, is $10 per hour.

Reservations are highly recommended—sessions often sell our several days in advance—and you can make them online or by calling (415) 345-9675. As with most activities like this, a waiver for each participant is also required, which you can fill out online before you go print and bring in with you.

It’s recommended that bouncers wear long sleeve shirts and sweat pants. Free lockers are available on the main floor. Showers and locker rooms are available as well.

House of Air is located at 926 (Old) Mason Street in the Presidio of San Francisco. Note that it is not located on Mason Street in downtown San Francisco. To get there from Marin, cross the Golden Gate Bridge, making sure to go through the far right toll booth. Take your first right onto Merchant Road and go straight, then turn left on Lincoln Boulevard. Take a left on McDowell Avenue, then turn right at the third stop sign and then left at the next stop sign onto Mason Street. House of Air is the third building on the left.

House of Snacks is House of Air’s on-site café. It serves up Blue Bottle Coffee, a variety of snacks, including Straus soft-serve ice cream, and beverages. Additional food and drink choices at Crissy Field can be found at the Warming Hut a short distance away. You can also bring your own snacks and pinic out on Crissy Field before or after.

For more information on House of Air, visit www.houseofair.com or call (415) 345-9675.

Congrats to Tom Schaar on the world’s first 1080!

Posted on: April 3rd, 2012

House of Air congratulates Tom Schaar on the worlds first 1080! Check out the video below!

A 12-year-old boy added a new page to the history books of skateboarding this week, pulling off the first 1080, a three-rotation aerial maneuver that has eluded the world’s best for the past half-decade.

At 4:11 p.m. Monday, Tom Schaar, after just a handful of attempts, landed the groundbreaking trick while skating the MegaRamp at Woodward West action sports camp in Tehachapi, Calif. “It was the hardest trick I’ve ever done, but it was easier than I thought,” said Schaar on Friday.

“He did it on his fifth try,” his father, Nick Schaar, told ESPN.com in a phone interview. “He warmed up with 10 gay twists [a fakie to forward mute-grab 360], half a dozen 720s, and I think he threw a 900 in there. Then he did the 1080 on his fifth try. Then he went back and did it again the next day.”

“Tom’s a little giant and a spinning machine,” says defending X Games Big Air gold medalist Bob Burnquist, 35. “Amazing. I look forward to learning a lot from him in the future. All eyes on Tom!”

Schaar, a sixth-grader who checks in at a little less than 5 feet tall and weighs about 80 pounds, grew up skating with his older brother, John, in Malibu, Calif.

“John was pretty darn good, and Tom just copied him,” said Nick Schaar, adding that the brothers also surf and snowboard.

The Schaars had a small vert ramp in their back yard growing up, but Tom’s progression grew most exponentially during the past three or four years, during which pro skater and multiple X Games medalist Bucky Lasek took the Element-sponsored prodigy under his wing.

“Skateboarding is so cool in that these little kids can go to the skatepark and ride with the top pros on the same ramp, guys like Bucky, Shaun White, PLG, and Bob Burnquist,” Nick Schaar said. “It’s like me being able to go play catch with [former Major League Baseball pitcher] Sandy Koufax.”

Defending X Games Skate Vert champion Shaun White was widely considered the safest bet to land the first 1080, especially during his competitive skate streak after winning his first Winter Olympic snowboard gold medal in 2006. Another small 1080 buzz erupted in August when 14-year-old Mitchie Brusco considered an attempt during his fundraising event at Woodward Camp’s Pennsylvania facility.

For the record, Schaar did not attempt the 1260 during his stay in Tehachapi, Nick Schaar said. “But I think he’ll go for it when he’s a year or two older and little bit stronger. It seems like he could do it.”

“Tom’s an even better bowl skater than a MegaRamp skater,” he added. “He’d really like to qualify for this year’s Pro-tec Pool Party.” Looking ahead to X Games 18 this summer in Los Angeles, Schaar said getting an invite to skate the Big Air comp would be “really exciting, just insane.”

CW at the House of Air

Posted on: March 24th, 2012

Jumpers participated in a great video for the CW. Can you find yourself?!

Crissy Field

Posted on: March 8th, 2012

San Francisco’s Crissy Field is a shining example of what revitalization and restoration can do for a destination. Today locals and tourists alike flock to enjoy the beaches, promenade, and recreation opportunities, but up until the new millennium this waterfront stretch was definitely not one of San Francisco’s premier destinations.

Crissy Field’s history is rich and varied. Up until the late 1700’s, the land Crissy Field now calls home was a pristine salt marsh used by Native Americans as an area to harvest shellfish. The U. S. Army took over the region in 1846 and began using the wetlands as a dumping ground, filling it completely by the 1870’s. What was the army to do with a filled-in marsh? Turn it into the first Air Coast Defense Station on the Pacific Coast, of course!

The airfield, named Crissy Field for Major Dana H. Crissy who perished in the crash of an Air Service test flight, may have originally seemed ideally located but the fog, wind, and construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, made flying conditions difficult. The airfield closed shortly after thereafter. Crissy Field was used for training and helicopter deployment during World War II and Vietnam but from the 1970s through the mid-nineties, the area was nothing more than old asphalt and abandoned buildings.

Crissy Field was given new life in 1994 when it was handed over to the National Park Service. The NPS deemed it a "derelict concrete wasteland" but after some environmental monitoring and help from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Crissy Field has been turned into one of San Francisco’s premier destinations.

The tidal wetlands and sand dunes of Crissy Field’s past are now becoming part of its future as well. Rehabilitation efforts have now given walkers, cyclists, kite flyers, ball players, and skaters a beautiful shoreline promenade to enjoy and the opportunity to see what a healthy bay front ecosystem is supposed to look like. Crissy Field is where San Franciscans head when they have a free day.

If rainy weather hampers your visit or the fog is so thick that Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge views are nonexistent, head over to House of Air for of the most fun anyone can have indoors. Housed in a historic airplane hangar at West Crissy Field, House of Air is like a bounce house paradise for adults. This indoor trampoline park is wall to wall (and sometimes on the wall!) trampolines, creating one bouncing good time. The fun is undeniable and the workout is fantastic. Since there are few things better on this planet than trampolines and dodgeball, the folks at House of Air have create a dodgeball room where competitors can leap as they dodge. As you can imagine, House of Air is quite popular and advance reservations are recommended, especially on weekends.

Get a feel for Crissy Field today and jump on a flight to San Francisco!

photo: guenter-waibel

Rubix Athlete – Kevin Costello @ House of Air

Posted on: February 24th, 2012

This is a completely fun one. Check it out, Kevin Costello, a Rubix Cube Master burns through a solution in short order. Thanks for sharing Kevin and thanks for visiting House of Air!

North Face Team Visit

Posted on: February 13th, 2012

See the North Face Team doing some tricks on the Training Ground.

AIRFEST 2011

Posted on: February 13th, 2012

House of Air's first anniversary celebration!

Andy Finch @ House of Air

Posted on: February 13th, 2012

Andy Finch spends a night at House of Air with GoPro.

The Training Ground

Posted on: February 13th, 2012

Interested in learning some trampoline fundamentals or your first back flip? Building aerial awareness, core strength, and pure awesome since 2010.

Trampoline Workout Class

Posted on: February 13th, 2012

Air Conditioning Workout classes at House of Air are a fun and great way to get in shape! NASA did a study and found that "10 minutes bouncing on a trampoline is a better cardiovascular workout than 33 minutes of running"!

Red Bull Team & House of Air (Don’t try this at home)

Posted on: February 13th, 2012

Watch the PRO’s take care of business in our park. Ryan Doyle and Brian Orosco and the Red Bull Team tear it up. Remember these are Pro’s – don’t attempt these tricks.

Parkour and Free Running with Ryan Doyle

Posted on: February 13th, 2012

Red Bull's pro camera crew get some great shots of aerial lunacy with Ryan Doyle and Brian Orosco. Check it out!

Trampoline Dodgeball Hero

Posted on: February 13th, 2012

Miss your "Glory Days"? Can't remember the last time you did anything fun that caused you to sweat? Sign up for House of Air's trampoline dodgeball leagues.

House of Air on Japanese TV show

Posted on: February 13th, 2012

We are HUGE in JAPAN! Watch Co-Founder, Paul McGeehan talk to a small white panda bear!

Tom Wallisch – Double Flatspin

Posted on: February 13th, 2012

Tom Wallisch blew minds by throwing down Double Flatspins with ease.

Tom Wallisch – Double Front

Posted on: February 13th, 2012

Thanks again to Sage Cattabriga-Alosa for bringing along the North Face athletes for a little session. Here Tom Wallisch shows us a Double Front on a HOA Factory Tramp Board.