Though Mike’s Bike Park, located at 1300 E. First St., has already been open since June 30, the first Dayton facility of its kind will host a grand opening celebration on July 22.
The park announced the party, which will feature live music, bike demonstrations from the Dayton Police Department and food from the S & S Meat House food truck on its Facebook site. The event begins at noon and lasts until 11 p.m.
The park started as a labor of love last fall for owner and operator Mike Bisig. He was able to repurpose an abandoned, run-down building with the help of investors and an army of volunteers both in and outside the cycling community.
“We have the best volunteers,” Bisig said. “It has been a long time coming, but absolutely worth the wait!”
The facility features two full floors for riders of various styles, including mountain, street and BMX. It also comes equipped with its own pro shop for repairs or to assist bikers in upgrading their equipment. Those not riding can take advantage of the lounge area while they wait for cyclists.
Bisig believes the year-round biking option will eventually generate more positivity in the Dayton area.
"Mike’s Bike Park will help bring the community together as a whole," he said.
Here’s a look at the Facebook Live we did at Mike’s Bike Park:
WANT TO GO?
What: Mike’s Bike Park Grand Opening
Where: 1300 E. First St., Dayton
When: Saturday, July 22, 12 p.m.-11 p.m.
Cost: Riders are $20 (13 and older), $10 (12 and younger). Non-riders are free.