Northborough ZBA Approves Indoor Trampoline Park

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Even the walls are trampolines at Sky Zone Sports in Boston. A new Sky Zone is approved for Northborough.
Even the walls are trampolines at Sky Zone Sports in Boston. A new Sky Zone is approved for Northborough. Photo Credit: Sky Zone Sports

NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — Sky Zone Sports can build an indoor trampoline facility at 30 Forbes Road after the Northborough Zoning Board of Appeals approved a special variance on Tuesday night.

On its website, Sky Zone bills itself as "the world's first all-trampoline walled playing court." Each facility includes swaths of trampolines that allow children and adults to jump freely across the court, on the walls and into pits filled with foam bricks. Aside from jumping, Sky Zone facilities also offer sports such as dodgeball and volleyball — with a bouncy twist.

Founded in 2004, Sky Zone has nearly 30 locations, including one in Boston and one in Everett.

The 36,000-square-foot facility will contain 17,000 square feet of trampoline space and hold a maximum capacity of 145 people, Owner Dave O'Connor told the ZBA. The target audience, he added, will be kids ages 6 to 19. The largest crowds are expected on weekends, especially during the winter.

"We live in an area where you can't play outside for five months in a year," O'Connor said.

To maintain the facility, Sky Zone would hire 75 employees, of whom most would work part time, he said.

The facility's proposed location — in Unit C at 30 Forbes Road, which is off Whitney Street — prompted questions about visibility and signs. A lack of visibility has not harmed Sky Zone's other locations, O'Connor said. "This is a destination," he said. "People come here because they already know it's there."

Though Sky Zone expects heavy usage, O'Connor's attorney George Pember — who also serves as vice chairman of the Northborough Planning Board — told the ZBA that parking would not be a problem. "There's a huge parking area at the rear of the building," Pember said. "And we're at the rear of the building, so that's perfect for us."

Members of the ZBA voted unanimously in favor of special variance.

"Our recreation department is very excited about this," Town Planner Kathy Joubert said.

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Very Excited