02/27/2019 Press Release from the City of Charlottesville:

 
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA -

 

The new Charlottesville Skate Park and the pedestrian and bicycle bridge, both located in McIntire Park, will open to the public on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Both projects are part of the implementation of the East McIntire Park Master Plan.  
 
The Charlottesville Skate Park is a state-of-the-art facility with a variety of beginner and advanced skating features on a smooth concrete finish. Most notably the skate park consists of three separate areas with different types of challenges. The upper area features a beginners area and street plaza with ramps and grinder ledges. The lower area features three advanced bowls and banks.
 
The skate park is open daily from 8 a.m. to Sunset and is free and open to the public. The park is wheel friendly, designed and built for skateboards, bikes and in-line skates. The facility is not supervised and participants are highly encouraged to wear helmets and other safety pads.
 
The pedestrian and bicycle bridge connects the east and west side of McIntire Park across the Norfolk Southern railroad. The bridge will allow Park users to park on the west side and walk or bike safely across the tracks.
 
Parking is available near the softball fields within the park and adjacent to the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad facility on McIntire Road.
 
A formal grand opening event is being planned for the spring, but effective March 2, 2019 the bridge and skate park will be open to the public. 
 
The total cost of of both projects is approximately $4.8 million:
 
  • the Pedestrian & Bicycle Bridge cost about $2.7 million of which the Virginia Department of Transportation contributed about $1.5 million in grant funds.
  • the Skate Park cost $2.1 million.
 
For more information about the Charlottesville Skate Park or the Pedestrian Bridge, visitwww.charlottesville.org/parksandrec.