JUMP ON IT

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Erin and Rob Arnold were va­ca­tion­ing in Dis­neyWorld in Florida when an idea for a new busi­ness back home jumped out at them.

“It was a rainy day,” Erin ex­plains. “And we were jumping in this in­door tram­po­line park. We just had a blast. And while we were jumping we looked at each other and said, ‘We to do this in Rhode Is­land.’ We lit­er­ally spent the rest of the va­ca­tion run­ning num­bers.”

Both had ex­pe­ri­ence in busi­ness. Erin op­er­ated Bas­ket Case, a gift shop in­Wake­field, R.I., with her mom be­fore leav­ing to care for her first baby. Rob is the owner of Ef­fi­cient Ex­te­ri­ors, a home im­prove­ment and con­struc­tion com­pany fo­cus­ing on decks, garages, and the like.

They had a plan, but needed a busi­ness part­ner. Rob had com­pleted a job for for­mer New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots NFL cor­ner­back Ty Law, and men­tioned the idea to him. Law was in, and Launch Tram­po­line Park, on Route 2 in­War­wick, was born. (www.launchri.com)

The fa­cil­ity fea­tures a con­ces­sion, ar­cade games, and a seat­ing area for birth­day par­ties, fundraisers and cor­po­rate re­treats. There are open jump hours and a sep­a­rate tram­po­line area for young chil­dren; as well as struc­tured fit­ness classes for adults, with cer­ti­fied in­struc­tors.

“It’s low im­pact — mod­i­fi­able for all lev­els. And it’s fun. You get ex­er­cise with­out even real­iz­ing it. So it’s a great way to get back into work­ing out,” she says.

Erin— a per­sonal trainer, and an avid gym­nast grow­ing up — ad­mits to tak­ing a few flips into the foam pit dur­ing offhours. Her own kids are young— Isla is 3 and Rock is 5. Al­though they love to jump, she says, they’re pretty non­plussed about their good for­tune in hav­ing con­stant ac­cess to build­ing full of tram­po­lines.

“I tell them all the time—‘You have no idea how lucky you are,’” she laughs. “It re­ally is a huge fam­ily thing here. We’re very for­tu­nate.”

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