About

Park Location:
Bay Skate & Bike Park
451 Cahoon Road
Bay Village, Ohio 44140

Mailing Address:
Bay Skate and Bike Park Foundation, Inc
P.O. Box 40364
Bay Village, Ohio 44140
info@bsbp.org

Foundation Information:
The Bay Skate and Bike Park Foundation, a non-profit 501c3 organization (Tax ID # 20-3010546) , was established in April of 2005 to help raise awareness and funds for the creation of a public skate and bike park in the city of Bay Village, Ohio.

BSBP Project History:
Over the course of 7 full years a dedicated group of individuals (students, parents, adults, supporters, & local businesses) have worked deligently to raise awareness and funding for the proposed park. The information below documents our journey.e/Bike Park Time Line

Summer, 2004
A Bay Village teenager writes letter to Mayor Sutherland expressing interest in a public skate park in our city. The Mayor and this student meet to discuss his idea.

August, 2004
Council Recreation and Park Improvements Committee Chairman Scott contacts the student and schedules committee meeting.

September 27, 2004
Council Recreation and Park Improvements Committee meeting.  Bay teens present video on need for skate park.  Middle School teacher Lawrence Kuh provides information on skate/bike parks and expresses strong adult support.  Committee members, Service Director Sears, Recreation Director Enovitch, and attendees discuss possible locations.  Two possible locations identified:  Clague Road overpass area and Huntington Park softball field area.  Both locations eventually eliminated from consideration.

Fall, 2004
Lawrence Kuh meets with Mayor Sutherland to continue discussions regarding skate/bike park.

January 19, 2005
Mayor Sutherland writes memo to the City’s Recreation Commission (an advisory group) requesting their support for “a ‘Ride and Glide’ park that would have universal equipment for boarders, bikers, and bladers.”  The location would be “the ice skating area at Reese Park.”

January 20, 2005
Lawrence Kuh makes presentation to City’s Recreation Commission.  Commission unanimously votes “to recommend the proceeding of the Bay Ride and Glide Park.”

February 28, 2005
Lawrence Kuh makes presentation to City Council.  Asks for Council’s support to approve the use of the ice rink or courts at Reese Park, and to authorize the Service Department to make arrangements for surfacing the proposed area.  Council offers support for the idea of a skate/bike park and agrees to refer the matter to the Council’s Recreation and Park Improvements Committee for further discussion.   Finance Committee agrees to look at budget issues.

February 28, 2005
Committee Session of City Council
Proposal given by Lawrence Kuh for Bike and Skate Park in the City of Bay Village

March 15, 2005
Councilman Tadych’s Ward 1 Meeting
Skate and Bike Park Questionnaire results reported

March 15, 2005
Councilman Tadych holds Ward 1 Meeting and solicits input from residents.  Distributes questionnaire regarding skatepark.  Responses indicate that most residents would support a skate park, but that it should be centrally located and not in Reese Park.

May 2, 2005
Council Recreation and Park Improvements Committee Meeting.
Lawrence Kuh makes presentation on “Bay Skate and Bike Park Foundation”, the community group which has formally organized to support and raise funds for the skate park.  Service Director Sears discusses six possible locations for the park, four in Cahoon Park and two in Reese Park.  Reese Park is eliminated from consideration for the skate park.  Committee agrees to meet again soon to finalize recommendation for skate park location.  Legal issues regarding Cahoon Park location will be reviewed by Law Director Ebert and Cahoon Park Trustees.

May 2, 2005
Recreation and Parks Improvement Committee
Project update given
-501C3 Status approved
-Jim Sears presented report signifying 6 potential park locations
-Hartman Field
-Pool Overflow Parking Lot
-Area west of the sand volleyball courts & north of the Dwyer Center
-Area north of Police Station
-Reese Park ice skating pond
-Tennis court and basketball court facilitates at Reese Park
-Estimated costs discussed
-Park Naming Rights discussed
-Use of Cahoon Memorial Park
-Steel ramps removed from consideration
-Locations removed from consideration
-Reese Park
-Aquatic Facility overflow parking lot (west of Bryson Lane)

June 6, 2005

Council Recreation and Park Improvements Committee meets to finalize recommendation on skate park location and to discuss Cahoon Park legal issues.

June 13, 2005

Committee Session of City Council

Park Update

Police Station North location discussed

Metal ramps removed from consideration

No Sunday usage determined

Naming rights discussed

June 20, 2005

Regular Meeting of City Council

Motion approved to locate skatepark north of the new police station

August 15, 2005

Special Meeting of City Council

Motion approved for the use of signage to identify donations for the Bike and Skate Park

August 15, 2005

Cahoon Memorial Park Trustees

Motion approved the usage of signage indentifying donations for the Bay Skate and Bike Park in Cahoon Memorial Park

February 2, 2006

Recreation and Parks Improvement Committee

Park update given

-BSBP Foundation obtains approval and becomes 501C3 non-profit organization

-BSBP website (bsbp.org) created

February 26, 2007

Committee Session of City Council

Skatepark update

-          custom, concrete skate and bike park design recommended

-          steel ramps taken away from consideration

-          BSBP Foundation received official 501C3 non-profit status

-          City asked to apply for ODNR NatureWorks grant

-          Location proposed to be in front of Bayway Cabin

February 27, 2007

City of Bay Village Planning Commission

Location discussed to be moved to area directly in front of Bayway Cabin

Project referred to Parks and Recreation Commission for consideration

Project referred to Finance Committee

March 15, 2007

Parks and Recreation Commission meeting

Park location discussed

March 19, 2007

Recreation and Parks Improvement Committee

Park location approved to the south of Bayway Cabin

June 25, 2007

Committee meeting of City Council

Park project update

October 23, 2007

Bay Village Planning Commission

Council Update given regarding skate park project

November 12, 2007

Bay Village Planning Commission and Recreation and Parks Improvement Committee of the Bay Village City Council

Council Update given regarding skate park project

Two locations recommended to City Council to consider

-Southwest corner of the pool overflow parking lot

-Original police station north location

At the recommendation of Councilman Barbour and the encouragement of Service Director Sears, the

group recommended the selection of the overflow parking lot near the city’s swimming pool.

December 3, 2007

Cahoon Memorial Park Trustees

Location approved to the area west of the Bay Youth Center (Aquatic Center Overflow Parking Lot)

December 3, 2007

Regular Meeting of City Council

Motion approved to change location of park approved June 20, 2005 to area west of Bay Youth Center now known as the Aquatic Center Overflow Parking Lot.

Motion authorizing the application of a grant to the ODNR for the financial assistance to construct a Bay Skate and Bike Park in the City of Bay Village.

January 7, 2008

Cahoon Memorial Park Trustees

Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources NatureWorks grant discussed

January 14, 2008

Committee Session of City Council

Motion passed to apply for the Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources NatureWorks grant

February 2008

Application submitted to ODNR for NatureWorks grant; later denied due to the lack of public accessibility to Cahoon Park location (i.e. will stipulates “residents only”) as well as potential litigation necessary to verify that accepting NatureWorks funds to be within the confines of the Cahoon will.

Summer 2009

BSBP expected to present to a joint meeting of the Council Recreation and Park Improvements Committee and the City’s Planning Commission on proposed locations and overall project plans.  Meeting cancelled due to a resident’s concerns of environmental issues with pool overflow parking lot location.  Cuy Co Dept of Health assesses wastewater and determines it to be drainage from city’s tennis courts.

Fall 2009

PSI completes soil borings on pool overflow parking lot location.  Report completed and submitted to City of Bay Village and BSBP.

Fall 2009

Conference call held with Mayor Sutherland, Lawrence Kuh of BSBP, Gary Ebert, Brian Cruse, Tom Noble of WhoSkates, Surya Thapa of PSI, and Jack Krebs of Osborn Engineering to discuss PSI’s soil preparation recommendations.

Three options determined possible: One, ~$50,000 to remove and replace 36 inches of soil with gravel, two, ~$5,000 to remove and replace 36 inches of soil with gravel under the bowl section of the park only, three, ~$500 to utilize drain tile under the bowl section of the park.

Fall 2009

Pool overflow parking lot location removed from consideration due to concerns that building on a landfill may jeopardize city lawsuit regarding the police station, as well as excessive cost projections to prepare site for building.

October 2009

BSBP presents new location proposal (Rose Hill South) to City Council.  Information regarding Historical District and gas wells discussed.  Gary Ebert later writes letter stating Historical District designation of Rose Hill South location does not legally impede the building of a skatepark on this location.  BV Fire Chief later writes letter stating no gas wells to be known on this location.

December 2009

BSBP waiting on City Council discussion to move forward with location and soil borings report info.

January 25, 2010

Committee Session of City Council

Three options discussed

  1. Location for park north of Police Station due to information provided by Tom Noble of WhoSkates that the park could be built without breaking the crust.
  2. Location for park in Bradley Park skating rink area
  3. Project does not continue in Bay Village

Note: If option 1 or 2 is selected, project referred to Recreation Committee of Council for further detail consideration

January 2010

BSBP Bike-Scooter-&-Skate-a-thon at Avon Lake Indoor Skatepark.

February 3rd 2010

Recreation Committee of City Council meeting

Bradley Park location discussed

Randy Stang gave a passionate plea of support for the project

and later that evening passed away

February 11th 2010

Recreation Committee of City Council meeting

Public meeting to get feedback on Bradley Park location

Mayor Sutherland makes announcement to move location to Rose Hill

February 22nd 2010

City Council meeting

Rose Hill location discussed and referred to Planning Commission

March 15th 2010

City Council meeting

Rose Hill location approved

March 23rd 2010

Planning Commission meeting

Construction and landscape documents presented

Motion passed to defer project to Board of Zoning Appeals for variance request

Motion passed to hold public hearing on April 13th 2010

April 13th 2010

Planning Commission meeting

Bay Skate & Bike Park Public Hearing

Updated site plan requested

April 27th 2010

Planning Commission meeting

Updated site plan and construction documents presented

Anticipated meetings/events…

May 6th 2010

Board of Zoning Appeals meeting

Set-back variance request

May 10th 2010

City Council meeting

Final park proposal approval

May 11th 2010

Planning Commission meeting

Final park proposal approval

May 22nd 2010

Rib Rockin’ Raffle

July 5th 2010

Ground Breaking Ceremony

Oct 1st 2010

Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening!!! We did it!