Charlottesville's McIntire Pedestrian Bridge and Skate Park Holds Official Opening Celebration
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The city of Charlottesville is coming together, over a place where families can get some exercise in. Dozens of people gathered at McIntire Park on Saturday for a ribbon cutting and official opening for not one but two features.
The McIntire Pedestrian Bridge and Skate Park have been getting a lot of foot traffic in the past few weeks, but the event marked the official opening celebration.
“Biking and walking are now made a lot easier because of this bridge and this trail,” said Kathy Galvin, Charlottesville City Council. “There’s a growing awareness that as the greenhouse gases accumulate in our atmosphere, global warming is real so getting serious about what kinds of ways we use to get around, matters.”
The whole project cost about $4 million, but to the designer, seeing people on the ramps was worth every penny.
“The most exciting thing for me is to see everyone out here enjoying themselves, and knowing that they’re all part of the community process and the design,” said Mike McIntyre, president of Action Sports Design
Skaters of all ages had already taken advantage of the park.
“It’s always packed but that’s a good thing, you know? That means everyone’s having fun. That’s what it’s all about,” said skater Matt Bergthlld.
“We have people coming from all over - Richmond, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, and the locals we have skate classes every Saturday through the Parks and Rec,” said Matt Moffett, manager of McIntire Skate Park.
Skaters from Charlottesville or further away have to go over the pedestrian bridge, which councilwoman Galvin said shares a message.
“This is a bridge and a trail that's connecting the whole city with each other, and that’s a good thing. Unity is a good thing,” said Galvin.
The city of Charlottesville still has more plans for the skate park. They hope to add lights to the area in the future.