State-of-the-Art McIntire Skate Park Prepares for Opening
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Central Virginia skaters are getting ready to grab their boards and lace up their skates ahead of Charlottesville's highly anticipated McIntire Skate Park that’s preparing for its opening weekend.
After nearly two years of construction, the park is finally ready to welcome in skaters.
The skate park will open bright and early on Saturday, March 2, and the city could not be more excited.
The brand new McIntire Skate Park, which is more than six years in the making, is set for a highly anticipated opening.
“We are extremely excited to have this skate park here in Charlottesville,” Vic Garber, the deputy director of parks and recreation in Charlottesville, said.
“Over here is some of the small corners for kids to whip around and change up the angles to come back up,” Matt Moffett, the skate park manager, said.
“Talking with the designers, this is like the crown jewel that they've worked on, one of top three in the United States,” Garber said.
Moffett, who’s a former professional skateboarder, gives the design a major stamp of approval.
“This is one of the best skate parks on the East Coast,” Moffett said.
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation expects skaters from all over the commonwealth and up and down the East Coast to come check out this state-of-the-art facility.
“This is going to be one of the premier social spaces in this area,” Garber said. “Various races, various religions, it doesn't matter, people come to skate.”
The park will be free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to dusk every day, and the city is set to host group and private lessons starting as soon as next week.
“It's a fraction of the price of what you would pay for these types of classes in California or other places,” Moffett said.
Ultimately, the goal of this concrete playground is to give skaters of all ages and all skill levels a safe place to perfect their craft while staying out of trouble.
“First and foremost, this will be a safe area for our youth and our adults to come to visit with each other, show off their tricks and their skills, and just have fun,” Garber said.
The park officially opens to the public at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
However, it’s a soft opening, which means that skaters can will be able to use the park but the city is set to hold a more official grand opening celebration on April 20.