Along with Defy Gravity and Sky Zone, we now have a homegrown version of a trampoline park here in Raleigh.
The Launching Pad opened about a month ago on Hilburn Drive between Lynn Road and Glenwood Avenue in the former space occupied by Linens N Things.
The 34,000-square-foot building has 15,000-square-feet of trampolines, along with a 32 game arcade with full redemption center, an eight-seat XD Motion Theater, Lazer Frenzy, electronic lockers, a snack bar and four party rooms, including a glow in the dark party room. Recent events included a night just for teens.
"We are billing ourselves as "Trampolines and So Much More," wrote Kevin Sisson, who owns the destination with his wife Kristie. "... The feedback we got from customers [at the grand opening] ranged from 'wow, this place is so big and so open' to 'wow, there is so much to do here.' Both are very accurate."
Kevin tells me the couple met at UNC-Chapel Hill and relocated to New York after college. Kristie is originally from Hyde County in eastern North Carolina. Kevin comes from Long Island. He worked on Wall Street for 20 years before the couple decided they wanted a change for the family, which now includes four kids. They moved here and began developing the Launching Pad.
This will make four and nearly five trampoline parks in the region. Defy Gravity has locations in Raleigh and Durham. Sky Zone recently opened a Raleigh location. A Durham Sky Zone is slated to open soon.