When Stratosphere Trampoline Park in Eldersburg closes at 5 p.m. Oct. 20, it will stay closed for the next several months, reopening as the rebranded Stratosphere Social.
The facility will reopen this winter as Stratosphere Social, an age-inclusive hangout space that will include a new bar and restaurant, bowling, an XD theater, virtual reality games and an arcade, according to a news release.
“I really wanted to bring something to Carroll County and the community that everybody could participate in," owner Bryan Zuber said in an interview.
The trampoline park at 1332 Londontown Blvd. currently offers wall-to-wall trampolines, a “ninja warrior” obstacle course and a mechanical bull, according to its website.
All of the trampolines, except for the dodgeball courts, will be dissembled and sold off, according to Rich Austin of Sykesville-based Trembling Giant Marketing LLC, which is working with Stratosphere.
The dodgeball courts will be relocated to a corner and turned to face one another so it feels more like an arena, Zuber said. The dodgeball leagues will remain, he said.
Stratosphere will add space catered to businesses, with amenities such as meeting rooms, on-site presentation capabilities, and “VIP areas” for employee or client appreciation gatherings, the release states.
Zuber said the restaurant will have food such as cold cut sandwiches, wraps and wings. There will be a new logo, furniture and decorations. He anticipates hiring 50 staff members in addition to the approximately 17 he has now.
Zuber had been considering renovations for nearly a year now, wanting to expand his offerings to reach a wider audience, he said.
In the past, some parents who dropped their kids off to bounce suggested Zuber sell alcohol so that parents might be inclined to stick around longer while their children play, he said.
Overall, Zuber said, his goal is to focus on hospitality and providing a place where people of all ages can choose their own entertainment.
“It’s a destination for you to enjoy yourself and pick and choose what you feel like doing,” he said.
The growing popularity of trampoline parks has increased since Zuber opened Stratosphere in 2014, and with more competition, he thought it prudent to expand his amenities. He said he was also influenced by his mission to serve the community.
“We’re excited to bring the next level of entertainment to Carroll County, and create a space that brings the community together unlike anything our area has ever had," Zuber said in the release.
Contractors will spend about eight to 12 weeks renovating the facility, and friends and relatives of current employees will test the new features first, a few days before the official reopening, according to the release.