Boston Heights -- Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park broke ground on its latest facility on May 15 and is expected to host its grand opening on Oct. 3.
Sky Zone LLC is in its 10th year of operation and has over 60 locations nationwide, including its five locations in Ohio [Columbus, Dayton, Springdale and Westlake]. The Boston Heights location is being built on Chittenden Road and will be locally owned and operated by Wonderworks, Inc., a local Hudson business.
Dignitaries attending the groundbreaking included Boston Heights Mayor Bill Goncy, the Hudson City Schools Superintendent Phil Herman, Boston Heights Village Councilors Robert Bartko, Janet Miller and Don Polyak were among a crowd of 30 people who helped kick off the event.
"We've been working on this for a year, so to be at that final moment was exciting and a bit of a relief," said owner Chas Hallis.
The facility will employ 80 workers, including five full-time and 75 part-time employees.
Hallis said he is already received several alls from people inquiring about jobs at the new facility.
"We are just so excited that we are finally at a point where we will see a building soon and we are looking forward to hiring people," he said.
Hiring will begin for the full-time positions in July and the hiring process for the part time positions is expected to begin in August.
The 24,000-square-foot indoor trampoline park will feature enough trampolines connected to form one massive trampoline surface big enough to accommodate 160 jumpers of all ages at the same time.
"It is truly an indoor trampoline park," said Social Media Strategist De-de Mulligan. "There really say from age 2 to 70 -- they have something for everyone."
Mulligan said there are several program offerings for all age groups which include 3-D dodgeball, toddler time and SkyRobics, a fitness class that can burn up to 1,000 calories in an hour.
Participants can also partake in open jump where they can bounce for fun, freestyle their latest moves or jump into a giant foam pit.
Jumpers will be required to sign a waiver before embarking on their jumping adventure inside the trampoline park.
Hallis and his four children, Veronica, 14, Benjamin, 11, Joseph, 9, and William, 6, discovered Sky Zone when they lived in California and they asked their father to invest in one when they moved to Ohio.
"When we moved here we really liked to Sky Zone and decided to build it for the kids of the neighborhood and community because it seems like there are less things to do at night," he said.
Hallis said that he choose to open the location in Boston Heights because it seemed to be more of a smaller, family type town and for its access to Route 8.
"When we talked to a lot of the officials they were really supportive," Hallis said. "They saw this as a great attraction to put a name to Boston Heights and for people to come and have fun."
For more information on Sky Zone, see www.facebook.com/skyzonebostonheights
Heather Beyer: 330-541-9433