This is the map for Forest Fair in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s before the first name change. Note where Bigg’s is on the second floor.
Let me take you back to April of 2011, when I published this article. Now fast forward to January 2013, and let me share with you this article by the Dayton Daily News. Yes, that rink was supposed to open this month, is still not yet a reality. In fact, it still reminds as an abandoned part of a gigantic building which is mostly empty (see this video here if you don’t believe me.)
For a simple preview, this is about building a rink/sports complex where Bigg’s used to be at the old Forest Fair Mall (yes, there was a mall with a supermarket in it back in the day.) The mall changed names four times (now back to Forest Fair, according to this article…but if you drive by, it’s still labeled as the Cincinnati Mall.) In the post from about two years ago, I mentioned the plans for the mall. Hotels, restaurants, a club ran by retired police officers, an agricultural museum, and a water park.
If you were around this area in the 1990’s and about my age, you might remember the awesome rides and the arcade machines at the Forest Fair Mall. If you remember any commercials from this same time period, you might remember this commercial, when Forest Fair had a Moore’s Fitness gym. If you don’t remember any of this, just take my word for it. Back then, the amusement park in the middle of the mall was the place to be if you were young back in the day. Nowadays, the mall is virtually empty. Sure there’s Kohls, Bass Pro, Arcade Legecy…and…uh…yeah.
How awesome would it be to have sports in this building? Very cool, considering there is an arcade in the mall ($10 gets you all the gaming you want), a place to sport if you like to hunt/fish/motorboat. All a sports fan needs is a sports shop (because both of the good ones in that mall have closed) and possibly an indoor go-kart track, and this could be a sportsman’s paradise.
Cincinnati Sports Zone, which was announced in November 2011, has yet to open where Bigg’s was for about twenty years. The plan is to make a complete sports complex for $8 Million. That’s 270,000 square feet of sports once it’s finished and according to the DDN article, that includes three sheets of ice, 30,000 square feet of turf, 12 volleyball/basketball courts, a fitness center, a clinic, a sports bar complete with a party room, and finally office space. Also mentioned on the article list is the fact the courts could be used for AAU tourneys.
The new goal is to have the Cincinnati Sports Zone open by September 2013. Will it happen? I hope so, that building needs something to bring it back to the level all those moons ago. Like I sometimes say to close out a post, only time will tell.
Sources of information/pictures from Dayton Daily News, FOX 19, YouTube, and the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Until next time,