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June 11, 2014

Leaps and bounds

Sky Zone trampoline park to jump feet first into Liberty Tree Mall

A new fun and fitness attraction coming to Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers this fall may put a bounce in your step and provide a boost to the local economy.

A Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park plans to open in September in the former location of Sports Authority at the back of the mall. Construction should begin in a few weeks.

The business plans to hire 100 part-time workers and five full-time managers, regional manager Chris Wietecha said. Sky Zone is looking for high-school or college-age kids to fill positions in what is a tight job market for teens. The company pays $9 to $9.50 an hour — more than minimum wage.

When Sports Authority moved to the front of the mall in 2012, it left behind a 43,000-square-foot space, which Sky Zone and its wall-to-wall trampoline courts will occupy. There will be 20,000 square feet of trampoline courts, the company says.

“The addition of Sky Zone will offer people of all ages endless entertainment and fun,” said Liberty Tree Mall manager Richard Balest. “We look forward to having guests from all over the North Shore be a part of the experience,” he said.

“We are thrilled to bring the ultimate 3D play experience to the Liberty Tree Mall,” said Stella Downie, owner of the Sky Zone franchise in Danvers.

The patented trampoline courts Sky Zone offers are made up of a series of interconnected trampolines that create one big trampoline bouncing surface. The courts have angled trampolines so you can literally bounce off the walls.

Chris Wietecha came before selectmen recently seeking a license for the concession stand. Sky Zone has parks in Hyde Park, Everett and East Providence, R.I. Downie and her partners own and operate those three locations. In 2010, she was the first franchisee of Sky Zone LLC, the company that created the concept.

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