HOW TO GO
What: Zip City
Where: 10765 Reading Road, Evendale (Inside of the Sports Plus complex)
When: Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Wednesdays 3 – 7 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays 3 – 11 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
More info: Visit www.Zipcityusa.com or call (513) 632-5261
With three attractions under one roof and fun for all ages, Zip City is calling itself “The Only Indoor Trampoline, Zip Line and Rockwall Park on Earth.” The area’s newest 50,000-square-foot entertainment complex recently opened its doors at 10765 Reading Road.
“I felt like if we created a park that included the attractions we offer, no one else could compete with us,” said Scott J. Weiner, owner and developer of Zip City.
With the opening, Zip City has put over $100,000 of renovations into the space, he said. The renovations include fresh paint, new carpeting, new bathrooms, air-conditioning and new lighting. The parking lot is expected to be repaved soon.
“I wanted to mommy-proof the building. It has to be clean, spotless, beautiful and safe,” Weiner said.
The target age for Zip City is, on average, 5 to 17, but the attraction has entertained guests from age 3 to 90. The facility incorporates safety-netting and an advanced breaking system.
The first of Zip City’s three attractions includes “The World’s Only Indoor Zipline Park,” which has three zip lines, spanning about 220 feet, that are three stories high. Riders will be propelled up to 20 miles per hour as they ride the length of the park.
The second attraction features “A State-of-the-Art Trampoline Park,” which spans nearly 10,000 square feet and includes two open jump courts, four basketball courts, a dodgeball court and two trampoline foam pits.
The third attraction will appeal to climbers with “A State-of-the-Art Rock Wall Facility,” which includes 10 repelling stations that are close to 30 feet tall.
Additionally, there is a sky lounge that is lined with couches and flat-screen televisions. The sky lounge overlooks the zip line and trampoline areas.
“I am a dad. I wanted to create a place where there was a comfortable place to sit and relax, or watch the game,” Weiner said. “We offer a giant lounge with couches, cell-phone chargers and table service. We are the 21st Century park. We have Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions in every party room, and a multi-media system.”
Zip City recently held a VIP/media party on Friday, Jan. 30, where invited guests had the opportunity to experience all of the attractions. Over 300 guests attended the event.
Jake Fitzgerald, 17, of Lebanon said he enjoyed the playing on the basketball court.
“You jump on the trampoline and dunk the basketball. There are a number of basketball hoops set at different heights, and I was able to dunk the ball at 10 feet,” he said. “Earlier we climbed the rock wall and jumped on the trampoline. I’d definitely come back.”
Wendy Tepe of Mason visited Zip City with four of her five children and her nephew, ages 4 to 13.
“My kids were so excited to try the zip line. This is their first time zip lining. My little one is only 4 years old and she’s gone down about 15 times. She’s having such a good time,” Tepe said.
“This is nice, because you can watch your children on the video screen. If you have lots of children like I do, and they are in different areas, you can watch one go on the zip line, and another one flipping into the bricks like my daughter just did. I feel like the kids are safe here, and you can see where they are,” she said.
In its leased space, Zip City is housed inside Sport Plus Ohio’s 250,000-square-foot facility. In addition to Zip City’s three venues, Sports Plus Ohio (www.sportsplusohio.com) has multiple basketball courts, a state-of-the-art inline skating rink, and two ice rink facilities. Zip City has a second location in Cleveland, which opened in December of 2013.