May 14, 2014
Dozens of people gathered at the Carver Recreation Center on Tuesday evening to get a better look at what Charlottesville's new skate park might look like.
That's where the city held its second design workshop. Skateboarders and bikers got to review two concepts that were tweaked after the designers got feedback at the last meeting.
Kanten Russell is lead designer and project manager. He led attendees through the updated renderings and asked the community for feedback.
"I think they want something more natural and integrated into the setting. It's a more park-like feel and it looks like something anyone can hang out at all day. It's more of an environment than just a skate park where you show up and have to leave," said Russell.
The current park -- which was moved to McIntire Park because of construction at the Meadowcreek Parkway project -- is mostly made up of above-ground ramps.
Russell says the new facility would require less maintenance, be weather resistant and built to last. He says a top-notch park will draw people from outside of the city
"I've seen some of these regional parks have people literally flying from overseas and saying, hey we saw pictures of the skate park in skateboarding magazines. We had to go ride it," he said. "Obviously that can bring an economic impact to the community where people are hanging out here and spending money at the stores, restaurants, staying at hotels."
The city hopes to have a design plan in place this summer.
For a closer look at the concepts and to submit feedback for the next workshop, click HERE and follow the instructions at the bottom of the page.