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, R-Glenville, 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 officials 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.