Trampoline Park franchise opens in Milford

MILFORD >> Six people in the same family, with thriving careers, have thrown another business into the mix by opening Launch Trampoline Park in a former warehouse at 125 Old Gate Lane.

“To be able to bounce and fly in the air is a feeling you don’t get” from playing on inflatables or playgrounds, said one of the owners, Mike Carriero.

Launch has 10 franchises — this is the second in Connecticut and first in the southern part of the state — and includes areas for individual jumping, trampoline basketball and trampoline dodge ball.

The indoor facility also offers arcade games, a prize redemption counter, food, birthday party rooms and a dining area in the center of it all so parents can eat or just sit while watching their kids.

Launch also has a 7-foot kangaroo mascot, Joey, who has visited area events lately to promote Launch.

According Launch’s main website, the business was started by Ty Law, “a retired NFL cornerback who was a three-time Super Bowl Champion with the New England Patriots.”

The story on the website says that instead of seeking a high-profile life like many other players of restaurant or bar ownership, Law was focused on a business for its financial merits and one that could be managed remotely.

The franchise is owned by Carriero, a real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty, and his wife, Kristi Carriero, a high school math teacher; her sister, Stacey Maxwell, and her husband, Brandon Maxwell, both pharmacists; and the women’s parents, Bob Gebler, who runs an insurance business, and Chereyl Gebler, a medical administrator.

The two younger couples were looking for a fun business, and the Maxwells came to know the founder of Launch in their hometown in Rhode Island. Once the Maxwells and the Carrieros visited with their children and experienced the fun, they became interested.

“Our children and ourselves had fun and we wanted to share that with other families,” Kristi Carriero said.

The Geblers and Maxwells live in Rhode Island and the Carrieros live in Norwalk.

They chose Milford because they liked the community: It is family oriented, and the other businesses in the city were appealing, said Kristi Carriero.

Mike Carriero added: “It had everything except for a trampoline park and now it has that.”

The old warehouse that is now a clean, colorful bright green and yellow, began to transform two years ago. The partners have a full staff.

They are planning a special set-aside time 9-10 a.m. Saturdays, for children on the autism spectrum and with other special needs who may have sensory issues.

They are also going to plan a special toddlers-only jump time, in addition to always having a separate area for toddlers and young children.