By Carina Livoti
It’s been a long winter for all of us, but it’s been the longest winter in four years for Station Sports Family Fun Center owner Brad Rosen.
“We’re a seasonal business. This is the first year we haven’t been able to get open in March,” he said.
Rosen said he opened the family fun center, an outdoor venue on Depot Road featuring 18 holes of miniature golf, batting cages, target paintball, and a snack shack, to fill a void in the community.
“My uncle has been running Five Towns Mini Golf and Batting for over 30 years; we felt that Huntington didn’t have any venues for families and kids to go,” he said.
Rosen, who is also the treasurer of the Huntington Station Business Improvement District, said that other than public parks, the town did not have many affordable options for families and children. He was able to tap his uncle’s expertise, creating a water-themed miniature golf course with streams, waterfalls, and a pond. The water theme extends to other buildings in the complex, one of which was designed to emanate the Huntington Lighthouse.
The center originally included an arcade, which Rosen has since closed, preferring to focus on the outdoor activities.
“The business keeps growing each year and the word is getting out more and more. I get a lot of grandparents and their grandkids,” he said.
Station Sports has a birthday party package that includes mini gold, paintball, batting tokens, and pizza. While Rosen does offer a mini-tot-mini-golf party option for kids 6 and under, which excludes the batting cages and western-themed target paintball game, he said it is rarely used.
“I have 3-year-olds standing on milk crates [playing paintball],” he said.
Groups can fundraise through Station Sports by selling coupons for rounds of miniature golf; the fundraisers are no cost to the groups looking to raise money and the coupons are good anytime the center is open.