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Freedom Wind Tunnel Indoor Skydiving Facility Coming To Patriot Place

Community Press Release

The indoor skydiving facility is expected to open fall 2020

The venue will be located between CBS Sporting Club and Showcase Live

An indoor skydiving facility using the latest virtual reality technology is coming to Foxborough. Freedom Wind Tunnel Indoor Skydiving recently announced plans to open at Patriot Place in fall 2020.

The idea to open an indoor skydiving venue at Patriot Place came from North Attleboro resident and Army veteran Neal Gouck. When Gouck attended West Point, he was part of the Black Knights skydiving team. After serving in the Army for 12 years, Gouck and his wife, Sally, moved back to their hometown of North Attleboro to raise their five children. Gouck’s idea to open an indoor skydiving facility came from a simple conversation with his wife, Sally, and their desire to go indoor skydiving close to home.

“Someone should build an indoor skydiving tunnel at Patriot Place. It would be so cool,” Gouck recalled from that initial conversation with his wife, who replied, “Hey, why don’t you do it?”

From there, Gouck created Freedom Wind Tunnel, which will offer indoor skydiving to people of all ages and abilities. As a local, veteran-owned, small business, Gouck hopes to bring a family-oriented experience to all visitors. The new wind tunnel will stand more than 100 feet tall and aims to attract many fun and thrill seekers, but the venue will also be used for professional skydiving and military training. 

“My military training taught me how to put all the right pieces and all the right partners together at the right time,” said Gouck. “Now, after 5-plus years, we are ready to break ground and you might say, we are out of the plane and already in free fall. We are excited to move into this next phase of development by landing this facility at Patriot Place and turn that simple conversation so long ago into concrete reality.”

Skydivers will have the chance to use the latest virtual reality technology to transport themselves into an NFL stadium where they will deliver a game ball to the 50-yard-line. The virtual reality can also be used to teach avid skydivers how to get out of dangerous situations such as dealing with parachute malfunctions and coming too close to cliff faces. Freedom Wind also plans to bring historical and educational museum exhibits of skydiving to the facility.

“We are very excited to land an indoor skydiving facility like Freedom Wind Tunnel at Patriot Place,” said Patriot Place Vice President and General Manager Brian Earley. “We have been working with Neal for quite a while to bring his vision to reality. This type of entertainment is very unique to the region and Neal’s concept for the facility and his passion for the project is really impressive. We can’t wait to welcome indoor skydivers of all ages and abilities to Freedom Wind Tunnel next fall.”

Celebrate The End Of School And Start Of Summer With An Afternoon Of Free Fun At Patriot Place

Community Press Release

School is almost out for summer and it’s time to party at Patriot Place. The lifestyle center is celebrating the start of summer on Wednesday, June 19, with a School’s Out for Summer Celebration. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. and feature events throughout Patriot Place for families to enjoy, including a live Animal Adventures show beginning at 1 p.m.

The Animal Adventures show will be located on the main stage outside Splitsville Luxury Lanes™ | Howl at the Moon | Topgolf Swing Suite. There will also be a Baby Animal Farm, located between Red Robin and 5 Wits, and an interactive Photo Booth.

Other fun activities planned throughout the day include a summer-themed Fun with STEM class hosted by The Children’s Museum of Easton, DJ and games located outside of Charming Charlie and an appearance by the New England Revolution Street Team outside of Green Tangerine Spa & Salon. There will be face painting at the newly opened Six String Grill & Stage. A mobile arcade will also be located outside of Renaissance Boston Patriot Place Hotel along with Waste Management’s Touch-A-Truck event. Additionally, a live painting demo will be located at Muse Paintbar.

Additionally, Patriot Place’s gift of Play Action Pass will be having a one-day sale on June 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guests can purchase a gift of Play Action Pass and receive one pass free. This offer is only available at the Patriot Place Management Office.

REgister For This Year’s Finish At The 50 Road Races And Have Your Photo Taken With The Patriots’ Lombardi Trophy On The Gillette Stadium Field

Community Press Release

Race participants will have their photo taken with the Patriots’ Super Bowl LIII Lombardi Trophy on the Gillette Stadium field when they pick up their registration bib at Patriot Place on Tuesday, July 2nd

July 3rd event, sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, features road races, live music, a celebration garden, free activities and a Fireworks Spectacular show

A portion of the proceeds from each race entry will be donated to Homes For Our Troops to support the construction of a specially adapted custom home for a military veteran in Massachusetts

Online registration for three race options is available at https://www.finishatthe50.com/


The countdown to the 10th annual Finish at the 50 has officially begun. In just three weeks from today, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Patriot Place will kick off Fourth of July celebrations early with a photo opportunity with the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl LIII Lombardi Trophy on Tuesday, July 2, and a 5K, 10K and Fireworks Spectacular at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, July 3.

Patriot Place today announced more details for activities and vendors that will highlight the patriotic festivities at the home of the six-time Super Bowl champion Patriots. The fun begins on Tuesday, July 2, with an exclusive photo opportunity for race participants with the Patriots’ Super Bowl LIII Lombardi Trophy. Registered participants who visit Patriot Place to pick up their race bib on July 2 will be able to have their photo taken with the Lombardi Trophy on the Gillette Stadium field from 3-6:30 p.m. 

At 6 p.m., on the Patriot Place Plaza, there will be free frozen yogurt samples from Menchie’s, music from a live DJ, lawn games, face painting and appearances by Uncle Sam and Revolution Patriot stilt walkers. At 7 p.m., Patriot Place will kick off its annual Summer Flicks Outdoor Movie Series with a free showing of Captain America. These activities around Patriot Place are free and open to the public.

On race day, July 3, Patriot Place will host live music performances by Devri, World Premier Band and Massive Groove on the main stage located outside of Splitsville Luxury Lanes™ beginning at 2 p.m. Other activities throughout the property include balloon twisting by Dan’s Balloons, a caricature artist and oversized games like JENGA. There will also be appearances by the New England Revolution Street Team, the New England Patriots Cheerleaders, Pat Patriot and the End Zone Militia.

New to the Finish at the 50 this year is premier footwear company, ASICS, which will set up on the plaza and gift complimentary running sneakers to the top three finishers in the men’s and women’s races; a painting experience by Muse and more.

Registration for the three race options: a Kids Fun Run (5 p.m. start), the 5K (6:30 p.m. start) and 10K (7:30 p.m. start) can be found atwww.finishatthe50.com.

RUN FOR A CAUSE
This year marks Harvard Pilgrim’s 50th anniversary and 10th year as the title sponsor of the Finish at the 50. As part of the milestone, Harvard Pilgrim, the New England Patriots Foundation and Patriot Place have teamed up to support Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building and donating specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans, as the beneficiary of this year’s races.                      

Harvard Pilgrim and the Patriots Foundation will present Homes For Our Troops with a $50,000 donation at the finish line inside Gillette Stadium on July 3 to help build a specially adapted custom home for a military veteran in the Merrimack Valley area of Massachusetts. Additionally, Patriot Place will donate a portion of the proceeds from each race entry toward the project.

RACES
The Kids Fun Run gives children ages 2-12 a chance to run a lap inside Gillette Stadium before finishing at the 50-yard line. Each participant will receive their choice of a Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 superhero cape to wear or official race t-shirt. The 5K race is run completely on the Patriot Place campus and the 10K race includes both Patriot Place and Foxborough roads.

Both the 5K and 10K races end with fanfare as participants emerge onto the stadium turf from underneath the Patriots’ inflatable helmet to the cheers of the crowd as they charge toward the finish line. Participants are shown on the stadium’s video boards and their names are called over the stadium’s PA system as they cross the 50-yard line. Participants of both races will receive an official race t-shirt and a commemorative medal.

FIREWORKS
Following the conclusion of the 10K race, the annual fireworks show will cap the Finish at the 50 festivities in spectacular fashion with a 20-minute display beginning approximately at 9:30 p.m. The fireworks can be seen with Gillette Stadium as the backdrop throughout Patriot Place’s North Marketplace and parking lots. Parking is free for the event. 

Sturdy Memorial Hospital To Hold Blood Drive June 13th

Sturdy Memorial Hospital Logo

Sturdy Memorial Hospital will be holding a Blood Drive in partnership with the Rhode Island Blood Center on Thursday, June 13 from 7:30am – 4pm in the Hospital Auditorium. Each donation you make can treat up to three people and will help alleviate the region’s seasonal blood shortage. While emergencies and disasters capture the attention of our community and prompt people to respond by donating, the need for blood donations is ongoing. Donating regularly is something we can do to ensure blood is always available the instant it is needed, and for people who have cancer, blood disorders, sickle cell anemia, and other illnesses, as well as those who need regular blood transfusions to live.

All donors will be entered in a raffle. Refreshments will be provided. To schedule an appointment for the Sturdy Memorial Blood Drive, call 508-236-8555 or visit www.sturdymemorial.org. Donors need to be at least 17 years of age and at least 110 pounds, and the process takes approximately one hour.

Register O’Donnell Reports on April’s Real Estate Activity in Norfolk County

Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell stated that real estate sales remained sluggish in Norfolk County, but that the industry saw a slight increase in the volume of mortgage lending activity.

“During April 2019, a total of 1,378 real estate sales were recorded, an identical number to what was recorded in April of 2018. The average sales price, both residential and commercial, did decrease 9% year over year coming in at $802,656. In addition, total dollar sales volume for the month was $665 million, a 9% decrease from the previous year. Hopefully, in the upcoming spring and summer months, we will see a turnaround in these numbers.”

One bright spot for April was in mortgage lending activity. A total of 2,022 mortgages were recorded in April in Norfolk County, a modest 2% increase compared to April 2018. Total mortgage borrowing came in at just over $1 billion. “These figures,” noted the Register “may have been stimulated by increased consumer confidence and the Federal Reserve Bank’s decision to defer interest rate increases during the past few months.”

An area of great improvement seen during April was the reduced amount of foreclosure activity. Register O’Donnell stated, “During April there was a 29% decrease in the number of foreclosures recorded. Even more significantly was the 35 Notice to Foreclose Mortgage filings, the first step in the foreclosure process, recorded during the month, resulting in a whopping 57% decrease year over year. I am very pleased the foreclosure numbers are continuing to trend in this direction.”

The Register did note that for anyone experiencing financial trouble with their mortgage, there is help readily available. “The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds continues to partner with Quincy Community Action Programs, 617-479-8181 x376 and NeighborWorks Southern Mass, 508-587-0950. These non-profit agencies are equipped to help those who have received a Notice to Foreclose Mortgage document. Another option is to contact the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Consumer Advocacy and Response Division (CARD) at 617-727-8400.”

On the consumer front, Norfolk County homeowners continued to take advantage of the protections offered through the Homestead Act. A total of 933 Homestead documents were recorded in April, a modest 4% increase from the previous year. “The Homestead law provides limited protection against the forced sale of a homeowner’s primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000. I urge Norfolk County homeowners to consider this important consumer protection tool,” noted O’Donnell.

In conclusion, Register O’Donnell stated, “I was not discouraged by the number of real estate sales recorded in Norfolk County during the month of April. With the economy in eastern Massachusetts continuing to perform well, my hope is that we will see additional inventory hit the market, resulting in increased sales and lending activity. If this occurs, it would certainly help first-time home buyers who are having trouble securing properties due to limited inventory.”

“Finally, I was also very encouraged by the foreclosure numbers. While one foreclosure is one too many, I am starting to believe that the worst is behind us.”

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at facebook.com/NorfolkDeeds or follow us on twitter.com/NorfolkDeeds and/or Instagram.com/NorfolkDeeds.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located at 649 High Street, Dedham. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry’s website www.norfolkdeeds.org. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center via telephone at (781) 461-6101, or email us at registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org.