READY FOR FUN

Sky Zone Tram­po­line Cen­ter of­fers a va­ri­ety ways to have fun

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - CLIFTON PARK By Glenn Grif­fith ggrif­[email protected]­gian.com @cn­weekly on Twit­ter

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. >> One of the most an­tic­i­pated busi­nesses in re­cent years des­tined for Clifton Park Cen­ter has opened its doors and put a bounce in ev­ery­one’s step.

The ar­rival of Sky Zone Tram­po­line Cen­ter has been talked about for months, es­pe­cially among the younger set and now it is here. The 23,000-square-foot busi­ness and its wide va­ri­ety of at­trac­tions and pro­grams are lit­er­ally hop­ping.

The busi­ness is found off the Cen­ter’s Time Square area, kiddy-cor­ner to the en­trance to Regal Cinema com­plex.

Sky Zone’s main recre­ational room is filled with dif­fer­ent types of ac­tiv­i­ties, all but one cen­tered on having tram­po­lines ful­fill man’s long-held desire to fly like a bird. To the un­trained eye, it’s wall to wall tram­po­lines but upon closer in­spec­tions, there is much more.

Ninja War­rior Ob­sta­cle Course, the Zip Line, Ul­ti­mate Sky Slam, Sky Lad­der, Drop Zone, and Ul­ti­mate Dodge Ball, of which there are two courts, are just some of the ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able at Sky Zone. There is also the Chal­lenge Course where par­tic­i­pants take on the chal­lenge of the bat­tle beam, tum­bling log, and the silks, strands of silk fab­ric in­stead of ropes. Make a mis­take and one drops into a pit of soft, col­or­ful, foam cubes.

Take a few steps into the ac­tiv­ity room, and it ap­pears that nearly ev­ery­one there is un­af­fected by grav­ity.

At the Cham­ber of South­ern Saratoga County’s for­mal rib­bon-cut­ting last week, Sen. Jim Tedisco, RGlenville, re­called be­ing taken to the Rot­ter­dam

Boys Club as a young­ster to burn up some en­ergy.

“That was the only place where we could get some ac­tiv­ity,” he said. “They had bas­ket­ball courts, which I liked a lot; box­ing, not so much; and tram­po­lines which were al­ways a lot of fun. This is a great fam­ily place. Get­ting on a tram­po­line is tremen­dous fun and its great ex­er­cise.”

Join­ing Tedisco in re­marks from elected offi

cials was Sta­cie Agostino rep­re­sent­ing Assem­bly­woman Mary Beth Walsh, R-Ball­ston. Agostino wel­comed the busi­ness to Saratoga County on be­half of Walsh and noted she has a rel­a­tive who has al­ready tried the tram­po­line cen­ter out.

The busi­ness is quickly mak­ing an im­pact on the com­mu­nity. Clifton Park Town Coun­cil­woman Amy Stan­daert no­ticed an un­usual abun­dance of cars in the park­ing lot near the movie the­ater as she drove to the open­ing.

“You know when I come into a park­ing lot, and I can’t find a park­ing space I get ex­cited and that’s what hap­pened to me com­ing over here to­day,” she said. “We ap­pre­ci­ate you com­ing to Clifton Park and we’re glad you’re here be­cause when you do well our town does well. Wel­come to Clifton Park.”

The Sky Zone Tram­po­line Cen­ter is a fran­chise based in Los Angeles. Its owner is Rusty Saun­ders. In his brief re­marks at the rib­bon-cut­ting Saun­ders gave credit to Clifton Park Cen­ter owner DCG Devel­op­ment and the man leading the com­pany Don Green.

“He was in­stru­men­tal in mak­ing this hap­pen and I’d like to thank him for that,” Saun­ders said. “We’ve brought 82 jobs to the area.”

Saun­ders is no novice to the tram­po­line-based busi­ness; he owns a Sky Zone Tram­po­line Cen­ter in Queens­bury.

“In ad­di­tion to the reg­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­grams, we have party pack­ages,” he said. “We have three party rooms here. We do ev­ery­thing, the cake, ice cream, ev­ery­thing. We take the pressure off the moms.”

And on Fri­day and Satur­day nights, Sky Zone holds its Glow Ex­pe­ri­ence where lasers, mu­sic, and black­light trans­form the en­tire fa­cil­ity into a crazy jump­ing dance club.

GLENN GRIF­FITH -MEDIANEWS GROUP

Sky Zone Tram­po­line Cen­ter in Clifton Park Cen­ter is a place where one can lit­er­ally have fun bounc­ing off the walls. Officials with the Cham­ber of South­ern Saratoga County and lo­cal elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives joined owner Rusty Saun­ders for the open­ing. Saun­ders is se­cond from the right, with scis­sors, in the photo.

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