Loudoun Native Brings Sky Zone Experience to Sterling

Loudoun Native Brings Sky Zone Experience to Sterling

As senior vice president of operations for Sky Zone, Jay Riley has helped open or manage about a dozen indoor adventure centers.
He said the one that opened Oct. 1 in Sterling is special.
“It’s 43,000 square feet, so it is the largest Sky Zone in the nation,” Riley said. “We have an open aerial ropes court, zip line, warp walls, survivor course, wipeout attraction, the world’s first fully padless main court trampoline, virtual reality and four-player Halo game. We really wanted to bring something special to this area.”
The other thing that makes this Sky Zone special to Riley is that is located in the place he still calls home.
“I lived in Loudoun County for 27 years and graduated from Loudoun Valley High School,” Riley said. “I’m still rooted in this area, so this park is close to my heart. We have really looked forward to bringing it to the area because there was nothing like this when this when I was growing up. The closest thing we had was hanging out in the 7-11 parking lot. I really would have loved to have this and would have taken great advantage of it.”
The Sky Zone in Sterling features 17 attractions, about half of which involve trampolines. There are huge open jumping areas, two dodge-ball areas, one area for using trampolines to do slam-dunks at three basket levels, even a jumping area and foam pit for toddlers. Riley highlights the main court trampoline, a huge area that is not separated by pads.
“In typical jumping areas, you find each trampoline separated and they are divided by padding,” he said. “On this trampoline court, from north to south and east to west there are no pads. Each one is interconnected to the others.”
Stretching overhead is a huge rope climbing and zip-line area, on which daredevils and adventure from point to point, always safely harnessed to a safety bar. There is a height requirement for that area, but most children in fifth grade or older should be OK.
There are foam pits for different ages, climbing walls, a virtual reality gaming center and a large, four-player Halo game. Riley said there are activities geared to all ages levels and various kinds of adventurers.
“What we looked to achieve is an advanced, all-round indoor adventure center,” Riley said. “We are the first Sky Zone to have the upper aerial sky trail, and we have everything from virtual reality down to a toddler foam pit. Our motto is that if you can walk, you can jump.”
Riley said there are a variety of ways to enjoy the center.
“We have available 60-minute, 90-minute and 120-minute packages,” he said. “We also have different levels of birthday parties and special events. We intend to offer walk-in and overnight events.”
Riley said he already has a good staff of teenagers and young adults trained and ready to go.
“Right now we have about 104 team members,” he said. “We are helping the local economy, but we really cane and we really want to give back. We want to partner with local agencies and charities, and we want to hear from them.”
Sky Zone Sterling is at 21070 Southbank Street in Sterling, around the corner from Cascades Library.
For more information, to purchase tickets or schedule events, visit skyzone.com/sterling or email sterling@alljumping.com.

Joseph Dill
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