Former New England Patriots star Ty Law is back, but as a business owner in Hartford.
He knew when to jump as a dominant NFL cornerback, but now he’s hopping in Hartford, hoping to score in the field of business.
“This is a great city,” says Law.
Hartford is the new home to Launch Trampoline Park, a 25,000 square foot literal launch pad that both Law and his business partner want to take off.
“People have labeled it as a Discovery Zone and Dave and Busters on Steroids,” says co-owner Rob Arnold.
Launch will be loaded with an arcade, free wireless Internet access and even trampoline fitness classes.
Fox CT arranged a sneak preview Thursday as Launch gears up for its grand opening in November.
“Hartford has always supported me as a player, and I thought it would be a great place to bring something new and exciting to Hartford and show my support and give it back to those guys now as a businessman,” says Law.
When Hartford’s Economic Development Team found out that Launch was considering a location in the city, they jumped at the opportunity to expedite the permits.
“I have not seen a process go as smooth in any other town or any other city,” says Arnold.
That’s because the city’s new director of development services created a system for approving permits faster.
Now Hartford can facilitate a permit in as little as 24 hours, while in other cities it can take months.
The city is hoping other businesses take advantage, following Launch’s lead.
“We need a city that has life 24/7, and this is the type of facility that has a lot of jobs, that has a lot of potential for families to come and enjoy,” says Thomas Deller, director of development services for Hartford.
Launch allows Law to put his own spin on family entertainment and get a little bounce back in his own step, all while staying true to his New England ties.
“It was a win-win situation for the City of Hartford and for Launch Corporation,” says Law.
Launch Trampoline Park is located on Brainard Road and is set to open on Nov. 9. The park offers birthday party packages, college nights, music, NFL and NCAA games on television and fitness programs.
Jumpers can also hop in for open jumps.
The City of Hartford has convened a task force to address the city’s tax structure and work on ways to attract even more new businesses while fairly distributing the tax burdens.
Launch Trampoline Park began with a location in Rhode Island.
Hartford marks the second location, with a third location set to open in Norwood, Mass., in December.
Law and Arnold also plan to expand to Delaware.
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