Danbury-area trampoline park to close
Sky Zone Bethel is closing after Labor Day weekend, more than five years after the indoor trampoline park opened at the Francis J. Clarke Industrial Park.
In a letter to customers posted on Facebook, franchisee Ed Kim called it “a difficult decision” while telling Hearst Connecticut Media that revenue was not supporting increased costs for labor, rent and utilities. He indicated Sky Zone Norwalk will continue operating, with Kim having opened the location in 2016 and also owning a Sky Zone on Long Island, N.Y.
In both Bethel and Norwalk, Sky Zone offers a number of activities including dodge ball and obstacle courses modeled on “ninja warrior” TV programs, as well as summer camps and other programs throughout the year. The company charges a regular rate of $23 for two hours of play time, with special offers throughout the week and year.
Sky Zone is one of several trampoline-park franchisors and operators to have opened in southwestern Connecticut in the past several years, with others including Bounce Trampoline Sports in Danbury, Get Air Trampoline Park in Stamford and Rockin’ Jump in Trumbull and East Haven.
The Bethel location has employed more than 300 people since opening in 2014. In March 2015, Kim kept about 70 employees on the payroll after closing the venue for a month following the collapse of a section of roof in another section of its building from heavy snow and ice, having them volunteer for local nonprofits until Sky Zone Bethel could reopen.
In May 2018, Sky Zone Bethel was sued by a man claiming he was injured while using the facility’s “Warped Wall” incline, with a Danbury Superior Court judge having scheduled a status conference for next week. Kim said the litigation had no impact on his decision to close Sky Zone Bethel.
As a thanks to its Bethel customers, Sky Zone Bethel is offering free admission to town residents on Wednesday, Aug. 28, with plans to hold a fundraiser as well to benefit the Bethel Education Foundation.
Alex.Soule@scni.com; 203-842-2545; @casoulman