Gavin Pike went from a typical business man to one who owns one of the most fun places in all of western Wayne County.
The Upper Peninsula native who now calls Toledo home recently opened his second Urban Air location, this one along Plymouth Road in Livonia. Instead of handling spreadsheets and routine business transactions, Pike owns a pair of places that are just bursting with enjoyment for customers.
“It’s just rewarding to see kids smile and have fun,” he said.
The indoor adventure park has plenty for guests to do to stay active: trampolines, climbing play structures, a ninja warrior course, and climbing walls. Some of the bigger highlights include the Sky Rider, which takes guests strapped to a harness gliding across a track attached to the roof of the building.
It’s a destination fit for a party as well: the center at 30090 Plymouth Road has several rooms dedicated for birthday parties, as well as a café serving up food such as pizza and other dishes.
Guests can stop by and use a day pass, or sign up for a monthly membership that allows them to return anytime.
The newly-built facility in the Livonia Plaza shopping center fulfills plans that were originally presented to the city back in 2018. Delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other issues pushed back the work and the opening of Urban Air this summer.
The park is the third Urban Air to open in Michigan, though the first for Pike; others operate in Sterling Heights and Oxford.
Pike first opened Urban Air in Toledo. He said Livonia was the perfect spot to locate his second Urban Air franchise, saying it was in a central location with plenty of other major development nearby.
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“I look at trying to get in the center of the action. I looked at Livonia … as being the center,” he said. “To me, it was the center of where I wanted to be.”
Livonia Mayor Maureen Miller Brosnan agreed with Pike’s comments, saying she was happy to see such a destination location in that part of Livonia, and not just because she lives down the street from the center with children in her house.
“This is everything that Livonia stands for,” she said. “This is one of those great things and we’re super excited to be a part of it.”
Urban Air is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. More information on the Livonia location can be found at livonia” data-t-l=”:b|e|inline click|$u” class=”gnt_ar_b_a”>urbanair.com.
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