Here’s what you need to know about proposed Huber Heights skate park

Nicholas Lamb rides his BMX bike in his Huber Heights neighborhood. Lamb wants a skate park to be built in Huber so that he and other kids can safely do the sport. STAFF/BONNIE MEIBERS
Nicholas Lamb rides his BMX bike in his Huber Heights neighborhood. Lamb wants a skate park to be built in Huber so that he and other kids can safely do the sport. STAFF/BONNIE MEIBERS

Huber Heights city council is considering building a new skate park and bike park.

Both the bike park and the skate park will be on the agenda at Monday’s city council meeting. Council is expected to vote on authorizing city staff to get final bids to complete the work.

The skate park would be at Monita Field on Fishburg Road, the site of the old swimming pool, and cost the city an estimated $740,000 to build, according to an update given at the Huber Heights city council’s work session on May 3.

Council is also considering a bike park, which was initially proposed a few years ago at Dial Park on Longford Road. Josh King, Huber Heights park manager, said the bike park needs to be voted on to create the project. It also must be approved by council and money appropriated.

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The Dial Park project is expected to cost between $600,000 and $670,000, according to the city council work session last week, when both projects were discussed.

King said both parks fill a need that Huber Heights residents have indicated they want. The city has few parks in the area where the bike park was proposed, he said. The city also has few bike trails, unlike other cities that are interconnected with the region’s trail system. King said the city was also considering ways to connect the city to the trail system.

The trails at the bike park would be designed to be used by both cyclists and hikers.

“But the other good thing, too, is that side of town has nothing, no amenities,” he said. “So this gives an amenity over there for people to use.”

In 2019, Nicholas Lamb came in front of city council to ask for a park to be built in Huber Heights so he and other kids could safely ride BMX bikes.

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King said he had also gotten a lot of interest in giving input to the park from the community.

Skate parks exist in Fairborn and Kettering, but nothing in Huber Heights.

“We do have kids that skate and this gives them a place to go where they’re not going to get run off or get the cops called on them,” King said.

Council members said they wanted to see the skate park started soon, but an exact timeline doesn’t exist yet.

Mayor Jeff Gore suggested it would be good if the park could be open this summer.

“The sooner we get started, then the better we’re going to be,” he said.

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