Sign your waivers, check your health insurance and prepare to flip: The Washington area is on the verge of a trampoline boom.
Cameron Gentry and Dustin Ward, the business partners behind Flight Trampoline Park, have submitted plans for a location at 7200 Fullerton Rd., a warehouse property in Springfield. They expect to have the business open by late fall, roughly a month and a half after they get their permits in order.
“We’re an extreme trampoline park,” Gentry told me.
Flight, which will soon open its first locations in Hartford, Conn., and Pittsburgh, will take roughly 26,000 of the Springfield industrial building's 79,000 square feet.
The playground will feature 15,000 square feet of trampoline space, including a large open jump field, dodgeball stadium and Olympic foam pits. There will also be four party rooms, an obstacle course, fitness classes on the weekends, dodgeball tournaments and “Club Flight,” a late-night laser light trampoline experience.
Flight Trampoline is available for birthday and private parties, corporate team events, fundraisers, field trips and the $850 "Extreme Flight Slumber Party."
The Springfield trampoline park is being built for Gentry and Ward's company by Val Iverson’s Trampoline Parks LLC, based in Roy, Utah. Iverson’s business has built some 30 trampoline parks in the U.S. and Canada, including Jumpology in Richmond.
The trampoline business is soaring, as noted in this year-old Bloomberg article.
Flight Trampoline Park will join Rebounderz in Sterling as the only two indoor trampoline arenas in Northern Virginia, for now. Gentry, who went to school in the area, said his company is “toying around” with a couple of spots in Loudoun and trying to lock down another location in Rockville (there is a Rockville Flight Facebook page).
And there may soon be another player in the regional trampoline scene. Los Angeles-based SkyZone's website lists Fairfax as “just announced” on its location tracker, though no address was given and no one from the company returned calls or emails for comment. A Sky Zone in Columbia, Md., at 7175 Oakland Mills Road, is scheduled to open this summer.
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