Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Tristate skating facilities

        All but Baker Bowl in Middletown are private facilities:

Aggressive Skate

        • Where: 8855 Blue Ash Road, Sycamore Township
        • Admission: Single session, $5 members, $10 nonmembers
        • Hours: Vary
        • Restrictions: Participants must have their own medical insurance and have a signed liability waiver on file, signed by a parent if under 18. An aggressive-style helmet is required. Participate at your own risk.
        • Information: See Web site at www.aggressivesk8.com or call 794-9009.

Baker Bowl Skate Park

        • Where: Northeast corner of Smith Park, North Verity Parkway, Middletown
        • Admission: Free
        • Hours: Daily, dawn to dusk
        • Restrictions: Skate at your own risk
        • Directions: Take Interstate 75 north to Exit 32 at Middletown. Follow the downtown signs on Ohio 122 going west for about six miles to Main Street. Turn right on Main Street. Turn left into Smith Park.
        • Information: 425-7840.

Sessions Skate Park

        • Where: 32 W. Crescentville Road, Springdale
        • Admission: Varies. Yearly membership, $30
        • Hours: 4-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 4-11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
        • Restrictions: Participants must have a liability waiver on file signed by a parent if under 18, helmets required if under 18 (available for rental for $1 for half-session, $2 for a full session). Skate at your own risk.
        • Directions: From Interstate 275, take Exit 42; go north on Ohio 747; turn left on Crescentville Road; skate park is on the right.
        • Information: 671-7433

“The Zoo” Skate Park at Countryside YMCA

        • Where: 1699 Deerfield Road, Lebanon
        • Hours: Vary depending on whether it's being used for bikers or skaters. Because it's outdoors, the Zoo is open only when it's dry and the temperature is above 40 degrees.
        • Admission: Free to members; $6 per session to nonmembers accompanied by a member.
        • Restrictions: Participants have to be at least 6 years old (anyone under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.)
       • Information: 932-1424

Outside of the Tristate:

        Woodward Camp in central Pennsylvania, billed as “the world's largest action sports camp,” instructs up to 9,600 youths ages 7 to 17 each summer in BMX biking, skateboarding and in-line skating. For information, call (814) 349-5633, or check the camp's Web site at www.campwoodward.com.


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