Trampoline Center Seeks To Bounce A Little Higher

By: William F. Galvin

Topics: Development

The upgrades were underway at the Trampoline Center on Monday as Zack was excavating the trampoline pits there. WILLIAM F. GALVIN PHOTO

HARWICH — The Trampoline Center along Route 28 will be getting a face lift for the first time in its 60 years of operation. The planning board last past week approved a number of improvements, including a snack shack and parking upgrades.

Michael Doucette made the presentation before the board on behalf of Donna Smith, owner of the center. He said the business enters is in its 60th year of operation with little change.

But this spring and over the next couple of years as Doucette said additions will be made to the trampoline center, including a four-station bungee trampoline, a snack shack and improvements to the parking lot. The existing facilities will remain in place.

Doucette spoke about the snack shack proposal first, which will be a permanent structure that would only serve “plant food items,” including ice cream, with no dairy, soy or gluten based products. There will be no table service.

The changes will be phased in over the next two years, he said.

The property is located in the Commercial Highway-One District and the Rural Residential District and is in a Special Flood Hazard Area Overlay. But Town Planner Charleen Greenhalgh said the improvements are all proposed in the CH-1 District. The conservation commission approved the project in January.

The health department said that a fully compliant Title V septic system will be required, but a waiver was approved for drainage calculations based on the proposal to use a shell and stone surface for the improved parking facilities. The board added a condition that the parking lot would have to be lined before the business opens each season.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation may also require a permit for the access and egress adjustments proposed along Route 28, Greenhalgh said.

Planning board members wanted to know about the timing of the seasonal operation. It usually opens for the spring school vacation and remains open weekends until the season gets underway, Doucette said. The hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Board member Craig Chadwick wanted to know what agency governs recreational safety for such facilities. Fire Inspector Bruce Young said he had never done such an inspection and it is not considered a hazard by the fire department. Greenhalgh said the building department might require a sign off from the installer. Young said if Building Commissioner Raymond Chesley asks, he’d accompany him on an inspection.

Chadwick wanted to know how high the new bungee station would be. Doucette said the 20 foot station was a modernized attraction that would expand the range of age of patrons.

Board members also had questions about proposed sail cloth to be used above the trampolines in an effort to shade them from the sun. Member David Harris asked if they would meet hurricane standards. Doucette said they would, but added with an impending hurricane the sails would be removed.

Chadwick asked about the height of the sails, pointing out the property is located on a “tough corner.” He wanted to know if the addition of the sail cloth would block the view for traffic. Project consultant Stephen Haas assured the board the sail cloth would be far enough off the roadway to not obstruct the view for vehicles.

The project received the support of Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cyndi Williams, who said she is glad to see the re-development of the area as it serves as a gateway to Harwich Port.

The planning board unanimously approved the special permits.