With help from his friends, former New England Patriot Ty Law opened Rhode Island’s first indoor trampoline park, appropriately named “Ty Law’s Launch Trampoline Park.”
Law, along with co-owners Rob and Erin Arnold, held a grand opening ceremony at the park, located at 105 Pace Boulevard in Warwick, Friday. It opened at 10 a.m., and by 2:30 p.m. more than 1,000 people of all ages had already literally bounced off the walls, as approximately 160 trampolines cover about 9,000 square feet, plus the walls. The facility closed at midnight.
“I thought it was something that Warwick can use,” Law said. “It’s the perfect location; it’s central to Rhode Island, so I wanted to give everybody a chance to experience it and that’s why I put it here.”
Law, who owns a home in Rhode Island, said that jumping on a trampoline burns up to 1,000 calories per hour. At the same time, it’s enjoyable.
“You see as many adults out there smiling and having fun as you see kids,” he said. “We’re doing a fitness class in the morning and boot class training, so it’s a total workout while you’re having fun. You don’t really think that you are working out. For parents who want to get some rest when they go home, bring them here for a half hour and you’re going to have all the time you need because they’ll be worn out.”
Children agreed. Among them was Cranston resident Dalila Fabian, 11, a sixth grader at Arlington Elementary. She is also a student at Dancin’ Spirit Performing Arts in Pawtucket.
“I love it,” she said of the park. “It’s so much fun.”
Not only was her friend Angelina Bairos, 9, a fourth grader from Lincoln Central Elementary School, excited about the park because “you can bounce really high,” she was also thrilled because she met Law.
“He’s a good football player,” she said.
Brothers Eric and Jay Johnson of Fall River, whose aunt Dawn Proia took them to the park, also were having a great time.
“This park is really great,” said Jay, 11, a fifth grader at William S. Greene Elementary School in Fall River. “The best part is doing flips and getting people together to have fun.”
Eric, 13, an eighth grader at Henry Lord Middle School in Fall River, felt the same.
“It’s really fun,” Eric said. “You can jump on trampolines and do flips and back flips. You can’t really do that on a regular trampoline, and this is many trampolines.”
Both boys said they definitely want to go to the park again, which pleases Erin and Rob.
Rob, who also owns and operates a construction business, Efficient Exterior based in North Kingstown, worked on a project for Law about a year ago. They formed a friendship and eventually decided to open the park. For Rob and Erin, having their dreams for the park come to fruition was amazing.
“It’s so great to see people having fun,” Erin said, while Rob added, “It’s awesome.”
Further, Erin said one of the areas was at capacity, which is 140 people, for at least four hours. A staff of 52 is typically on hand to monitor jumpers, who are required to wear special jumping shoes on the trampolines.
“It was such a good turnout,” she said. “Kids are exercising and they don’t even realize it. Plus, parents and kids can exercise together. It really revolutionizes the idea of exercising. It doesn’t have to be boring like running on a treadmill. This is a blast.”
According to Warwick resident Travis Babcock, a court monitor for the park, the facility offers a “Kids Jumper” for children under 42 inches tall, complete with 24 trampolines, as well as an adult jumper for individuals 42 inches or taller with 66 trampolines. They also have a trampoline dodge ball court, which Babcock said is their most popular feature.
“It’s been a really big hit,” said Babcock, who stood outside the park with Launch’s mascot Joey, a giant, green kangaroo.
Aside from regular days of fun, the park also hosts specially scheduled events, including birthday parties, field trips, youth groups, day camps, bachelor parties, corporate events for adults and more.
“You can pre-book and do everything online,” Erin said.
Diane Law, Ty’s mother, as well as his three-year-old daughter, Phoenix, attended the opening. While Phoenix was too bashful to talk, Diane said she’s proud of her son and excited about the park.
“I think it will be a success,” she said. “People need something to do here.”
Prices for trampoline time are the same for adults and children, at $8 per half-hour or $14 for one hour. Additional hours are $10 each.
For individuals who don’t want to jump on the trampolines, Launch is equipped with a café, complete with free wireless Internet access, an arcade and 12 large-screen televisions.
Ty Law’s Trampoline Park is located off Bald Hill Road at 105 Pace Boulevard next to Planet Fitness. It occupies the former Sports Authority building. For more information, visit LaunchRI.com or “like” them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for specials and discounts. Text JUMPRI to 70000 for updates from Law and Joey.