By Jenny Lamothe
Picture this: It’s the middle of winter, one of Sudbury’s famous -40°C days, and it’s also time for a children’s birthday party. You are sitting in the midst of a chaos no one but a parent can imagine, more children than you think your child knows are running through your house, playing with new toys and crazy with cake fever.
Then, someone tells you about Urban Air Adventure Park.
Urban Air Adventure Park Sudbury will be an indoor park filled with wall-to-wall trampoline areas, dodgeball courts, slam dunk and runway tumble tracks, an obstacle course, warrior battle beam, and the company’s trademark Urban Warrior Course.
In addition to these features, it will also house a rope course and climbing walls, and its newest addition: the indoor Sky Rider Roller Coaster.
For the parents, there will also be a café. Oh, and it will be available for corporate events, too.
The new franchise owners of Urban Air Sudbury, Alisa and Tyler Arseneau, are excited about their new venture, and most of all, bringing the fun to their hometown. Not only is Urban Air new to Sudbury, it’s a first for the company in Canada.
“Being our hometown,” says Tyler Arseneau, franchise co-owner, “we saw a great need in Sudbury for family entertainment and thought that Urban Air would be a great place for children and families to have fun with a wide variety of exciting attractions all in one place.”
The pair moved to Hamilton after completing their commerce degrees from Laurentian University, and established their careers – Alisa in marketing and Tyler in supply chain management. After visiting other trampoline parks and facilities with their three nephews, as well as investigating Urban Air locations in the United States, the two decided the idea would be perfect for Sudbury.
“We chose Urban Air specifically because they offer a combination of awesome attractions as opposed to just the typical trampoline parks you see popping up all over the GTA,” Tyler said. “They are also a leader in the industry and constantly thrive to provide new exciting attractions to their franchisees and, in turn, their customers.”
The indoor playground is slated to open in mid-2018, and though no official opening date has been decided, the location is already set. They have chosen to house the new family facility in the former Canadian Tire at 1066 Barrydowne Road, and not just because of its size and ample parking.
“We felt this would be a perfect location due to its proximity to shopping, schools, residential neighborhoods and the college residence,” Tyler said.
In addition to the novelty, the new location of Urban Air Sudbury will bring jobs along as well – approximately 45 staff members will be recruited closer to opening.
So whether you want to bounce, run, battle, or sip coffee while watching kids go wild, Urban Air Adventure Park could be just the place for your family – or your staff and co-workers — to have indoor fun and (but don’t tell anyone) exercise.
In anticipation of its 2018 opening, you can keep up with their progress by visiting them on Facebook at Urban Air Adventure Park Sudbury. https://www.facebook.com/Urban-Air-Adventure-Park-Sudbury-Ontario-147891359139820/?ref=br_rs
Until then, just remember that children’s parties are best endured with deep breathing, no sudden movements, and, perhaps, a bit of time hiding in the closet with the locking door.
Jenny Lamothe is a freelance writer, proof-reader and editor in Greater Sudbury. Contact her through her website, JennytheWriter.wordpress.com.