Monday, November 05, 2001

Input sought on skating park

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        FAIRFIELD — Skating enthusiasts in Hamilton and Fairfield will have two opportunities Nov. 13 to give their input on a 20,000-square-foot skating park.

        It's being developed by the cities of Hamilton and Fairfield in cooperation with the Hamilton Community Foundation.

        From 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Fairfield Municipal Building, 5350 Pleasant Ave., skaters can give their ideas on what features they would like to see. From 7-8 p.m., opinions will be solicited in Hamilton's council chambers at One Renaissance Center, 345 High St.

        Architect Mel Durand, president of Suburban Rails, the Athens, Ohio, firm that is designing the park, will be at both meetings.

        The $200,000 park will be constructed on a 10-acre site on Forest Lake Lane, adjacent to the Joyce Park entrance, on the Hamilton-Fairfield border.

        Currently, the nearest skate park is in Middletown.

        Plans call for the L-shaped park to cater to in-line skaters and skateboarders. It will have a low section with ledges, rails and banks, a street course and higher elements. A curved bowl could become part of the design, depending on cost and interest among skaters.


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