Indoor trampoline park coming to Trumbull

An indoor trampoline park is coming to Trumbull.

Zero Gravity LLC received approval for a special permit modification from the Planning and Zoning Commission last Wednesday that will allow the company to move forward with plans to open a 32,000-square-foot trampoline facility at 25 Trefoil Drive, close to the Lakewood-Trumbull YMCA and the new Insports facility. The trampoline facility is slated to open by February or March.

“It’s like our sports and entertainment section of town,” attorney Raymond Rizio, who was representing Zero Gravity, said of the area.

Rizio and owner Steven Rodier explained that the trampolines are built about three feet off the ground and bolted. Trampoline areas are also enclosed and padded and there will be a lounge area for parents and parties. The facility will employ safety monitors, similar to lifeguards, and limit the area to 124 people at a time.

The facility will include an area for open jump, a foam pit for visitors to jump into and an area for activities like dodgeball or basketball, all on trampolines. The indoor trampoline park concept has been growing in popularity across the country, Rizio said. This will be the third facility in Connecticut, and several have been opened in California.

Town Planner Jamie Brätt commended the applicant for being proactive in reaching out to the town office and said the planning department had contacted other similar facilities to find out how many parking spaces are typically needed. Zero Gravity will have roughly 131 spaces available. Brätt said staff feel comfortable that parking will be sufficient for the facility’s needs.

“It’s a very safe way for people to exercise and have fun, eliminating all the negatives of the backyard trampoline,” Rizio said.

While Rizio presented data showing that injuries are less likely at a trampoline park than at other sports facilities, commission members said they still needed to consider safety issues.

EMS Chief Joe Laucella spoke at the public hearing on the trampoline park, saying that it sounds like a fun new facility but it also poses some challenges for responders, in case there is an injury.

“How do we get an injured person off the trampoline?” he said. “With any head, neck or back injury, we have to immobilize the patient.”

Laucella said it is also possible that responders might injure themselves trying to get a patient off the trampoline. But the chief said there is equipment that can be purchased, particularly a Stokes, or rescue basket, that can help safely remove an injured person from a trampoline surface. He said the EMS staff would love an opportunity to sit down with Zero Gravity staff and possibly hold a training session there. The owner agreed they were open to talking and offering a training session.

The application was approved by the commission 5-0, with some stipulations, proposed by Commissioner Fred Garrity Jr., including that the owners make a one-time $1,500 donation to Trumbull EMS, so equipment like a rescue basket can be purchased. The applicant also agreed to a closed-door policy to remediate any potential sound pollution reaching neighbors nearby at Woodland Hills condominiums, and agreed to providing annual or bi-annual proof of insurance to the town, as well as checks to ensure it is following its own safety procedures.

Commissioner Tony Silber voted to approve the facility but said that other athletic and recreational facilities, like gyms, didn’t have to meet the same stipulations from the town.

“It’s a little bit of a double standard,” Silber said.

But Garrity said he thought the safety stipulations couldn’t hurt.

“Kids will be flying, bouncing and tumbling,” Garrity said.