In­door tram­po­line park Sky Zone com­ing to White Plains

Dodge­ball leagues, foam pits and a few sur­prises to add a new di­men­sion to fit­ness

Maryland Independent - - Business - By DAR­WIN WEIGEL dweigel@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @somd_bized­i­tor

A Sky Zone in­door tram­po­line park is com­ing to White Plains and the lo­cal fran­chise holder can’t wait to open the doors to healthy fun.

“We’re hop­ing to be open by Au­gust,” fran­chise owner Paul V. Facchina, Jr. of La Plata said. “That’s our goal; but no later than Septem­ber.”

“I want Au­gust. I’d like for us to be jump­ing right now,” gen­eral man­ager Fredrick Curry of La Plata said.

The two, who first met while play­ing pee­wee football as kids, have been work­ing fever­ishly since last fall to get ev­ery­thing in place. Ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tion is un­der­way at the cur­rent Floor­ing Amer­ica build­ing at 4390 Crain High­way where the two busi­nesses will co­ex­ist. The floor­ing busi­ness will move to a dif­fer­ent part of the large build­ing and Sky Zone will take up the re­main­ing 28,000 square feet.

“You’ve got your main court, your foam zone (a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes to jump into) and dodge­ball courts. I don’t want to talk about these right here,” Facchina said point­ing to a cou­ple of spots on the ar­chi­tec­tural draw­ings, “be­cause this is top se­cret stuff. This one right here is go­ing to be amaz­ing. I just don’t want to talk about it. I want it to be a sur­prise. That’s go­ing to bring a lot of peo­ple in here.”

He said he en­vi­sions set­ting up moms-with-tots pro­grams as well as “sky aer­o­bics” and tram­po­line dodge­ball leagues, which he char­ac­ter­ized as “the most fun you can have with your clothes on.”

“Sky Zone is all about phys­i­cal fit­ness,” he said. “This is about be­ing ac­tive. Other than the pizza, ever ything’s rel­a­tively healthy. It’s about a healthy life­style.”

The pizza will be part of the food and drink of­fer­ings at the “Fuel Zone” just in­side the check-in area. There will also be a quiet lounge with video mon­i­tors with feeds from cam­eras in the tram­po­line area so par­ents can keep an eye on their chil­dren.

“I hear the pizza’s good. I told them, hey I’m Ital­ian if the pizza isn’t good we’ll have to get that straight right there,” Facchina said with a laugh.

Facchina’s fran­chise li­cense in­cludes Charles and St. Mary’s coun­ties as well as south­ern Prince Ge­orge’s County. He said Calvert County is part of the An­napo­lis fran­chise area. “They are wel­come here in Charles County,” Curry quickly added about Calvert res­i­dents look­ing for a tram­po­line work­out.

Facchina grew up in the south­ern end of the county and worked with his fa­ther af­ter he started Facchina Con­struc­tion in 1987.

“My fa­ther sold [Facchina Con­struc­tion] a cou­ple of years ago,” he said. “In Jan­uary 2015 the new regime fired me. Twenty-seven years of work­ing there and be­ing in the com­mu­nity, I was let go.”

He started a con­struc­tion con­sult­ing firm, Vin­cenzo De­vel­op­ment, right af­ter that but also re­ceived an of­fer for a high level ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tion with a large con­struc­tion com­pany based in New York, an of­fer he de­cided to turn down “be­cause it didn’t feel right.”

“Three weeks later my wife had my son, at 9 years old, booked at Sky Zone in Columbia,” he said. “We all went up to Columbia and I walked in and I was blown away.”

He quickly con­tacted the Sky Zone and late last year, af­ter a thor­ough in­ter­view and vet­ting process, he be­came one of the lat­est fran­chise hold­ers and be­gan look­ing for a suit­able lo­ca­tion and se­cur­ing the nec­es­sary per­mit­ting.

“I was born and raised in South­ern Mary­land,” he said. “I love the com­mu­nity and we don’t have a venue like this.”

“I think White Plains has been look­ing for an at­trac­tion and has tried to have sev­eral at­trac­tions here in the past and it hasn’t hap­pened,” Curry added. “You can’t not hit with Sky Zone.”

Along with the or­ga­nized pro­grams such as aer­o­bics and dodge­ball, peo­ple can book tram­po­line time as well as book birth­day and cor­po­rate par­ties. Facchina is plan­ning four party rooms.

“You ba­si­cally buy a time. It’s not like an amuse­ment park where peo­ple come in and you can have all these big lines,” Facchina said. “You ac­tu­ally by a time so you have an hour, hour and a half, two hours to do what you want. The ca­pac­ity is about 170, 180. They’re go­ing to be here an hour or so and then roll out.”

“We can have some bach­e­lor par­ties and some bach­e­lorette par­ties,” Curry added. “We’ll keep it clean. This is fun for young and old.”

Facchina ex­pects the new busi­ness to dove­tail with his phi­lan­thropy work men­tor­ing young peo­ple and giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity that he grew up in.

“My goal is to make this the most pos­i­tive, pro­found im­pact on the com­mu­nity that we can do,” he said. “Every­body has em­braced it and has helped get it off the ground.”

“It’s ex­cit­ing,” said Cindy Hall of Floor­ing Amer­ica. “Every­body hears it’s go­ing to be Sky Zone and they ask ‘Really, here?’”

“Most im­por­tantly, Sky Zone will give the en­tire South­ern Mary­land com­mu­nity a place to have amaz­ing whole­some fam­ily fun,” Facchina said. “The dodge­ball league is go­ing to be off the charts.”

STAFF PHO­TOS BY DAR­WIN WEIGEL

Sky Zone gen­eral man­ager Fred­er­ick Curry, left, and owner Paul V. Facchina Jr., both of La Plata, pause from their work for a photo amid the con­struc­tion at the Floor­ing Amer­ica build­ing in White Plains.

Sky Zone fran­chise owner Paul V. Facchina Jr. points out the fea­tures of the in­door tram­po­line park set to open by Septem­ber in White Plains.

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