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New Colonie trampoline park jumps for success

New Colonie trampoline park jumps for success

A new Colonie business hopes to have its customers bouncing off the walls.
New Colonie trampoline park jumps for success
Flight Trampoline opened its first location in the Capital Region in Colonie on Tuesday afternoon. Here Dan McCoy, Albany County Executive makes some impressive moves while Mark Eagan, Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber President looks on in backgro...
Photographer: Marc Schultz

A new Colonie business hopes to have its customers bouncing off the walls.

With 32,000 square feet of jumping space, patrons will be able to leap across a floor made of more than 50 connected trampolines. The space also includes angled trampolines for the more adventurous customers to try aerial twists and flips, trampoline dodgeball and Flight fitness classes.

This business is the new Flight Trampoline Park on Post Road. After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, it opened its doors Tuesday at 6 p.m.

The space was refurbished from a former U.S. Postal Service mail-sorting facility. The warehouse-like space is brightly lit and painted with colorful wall art, and its high ceiling guarantees no guests will have to worry about bumping their head.

Mark Bigelow, co-owner and manager of the facility, says he was inspired to get into the trampoline business after he and his family visited a similar facility.

“Safety is a huge emphasis for us,” he said. “Our staff is well-trained and will always be on duty in the space to make sure no one gets hurt and everyone follows the rules. Our goal is that everyone has a great time.”

All Flight jumpers have to sign a digital waiver at the facility before they are allowed to jump. Children must be at least 46 inches tall to jump without a parent, and only kids ages 13 and older may be left at the park without an adult. With all of these measures in place, Bigelow is confident the park will be a great success.

In fact, there’s a lot riding on Flight’s success for Bigelow. He’s spent the past two months away from his family in Washington state to set up the new business. With the doors opening Tuesday night, his family will soon be relocating to upstate New York.

Bigelow says he saw the Albany area as promising and growing, the perfect place to establish a new business and raise a family.

“When we were considering the location, we just kept coming back to this area. It’s a place where technology and business are growing, and the building was perfect,” he said.

While it’s not the first of its kind in the state, Flight is the first trampoline park in the area. Mark Eagan, Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce president, believes Flight will encourage local residents to find fun things for their families to do in the area.

“People often ask, ‘What is there to do around here?’ With a business like this, we can allow our residents to stay local and enjoy themselves, while also bringing in new people to enjoy the area.” Eagan said at Flight’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Eagan and Colonie town Supervisor Paula Mahan also emphasized that the facility has created 40 new jobs for the community. The bulk of the jobs are trampoline safety staff, composed of college-age locals. Bigelow also says Flight has hired a few people from the area for management positions.

“It’s great to see this space repurposed. This will be a great place to bring children and grandchildren, where they can have fun and exercise at the same time,” Mahan said.

With no age limit, even the smallest jumpers can enjoy the park. As long as they’re accompanied by a parent, kids ages 6 and under can jump from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays during Kid Flight. This time is set up just for little ones, and an accompanying parent does not need to buy a ticket.

With a maximum of 200 jumpers at a time, Bigelow believes tickets will sell out quickly on Friday nights, weekends and holidays. He also encourages families to look into Flight’s group and birthday party rates.

Flight is also taking steps to make sure everyone can join in the fun. On the first and third Tuesday of each month, the park will be open exclusively to jumpers with special needs from 5 to 7 p.m.

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