May 11, 2014
This week, skaters and bikers will get a chance to tell the city what they want in a new facility.
Construction of the Meadowcreek Parkway project forced the Charlottesville skate park to move to its current location at McIntire Park, but even bigger changes are ahead for the popular hangout.
Skateboarder Alex Barber joined the committee three years ago.
"I think the kids deserve something better than what they've had," said Barber.
He says they are trying to get Charlottesville its own world-class skate park and upgrade the current park.
"You can just buy these ramps and put them anywhere basically, but I think what they're trying to do is make something unique and different from anywhere else," he said.
Right now, the city is looking at two design concepts by Stantec that include revamped ramps, ledges and bowls.
Barber says the enhanced park will benefit the growing number of people young and old taking to the hobby.
"Having a good place to meet up with your friends and skate and spend all day, you can't really put a price on that. I think it's necessary and I think it's long overdue," he said.
In 2012, Charlottesville city council voted to set aside more than $250,000 for the project.
Skateboarder Elijah Thompson attended the last design concept meeting.
He says he likes where the plans are going and believes the city officials in charge of the project are really listening to their requests.
"It's really going to be representative of the Charlottesville skateboarders," said Thompson. "It's just going to be more planned out. This park doesn't have as much flow as we'd like, and when it's actually designed by skateboarders, it's going to have more flow."
The second design visioning workshop for the skate park is Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Carver Recreation Center.
To take a closer look at the two design concepts being considered and give your feedback, click HERE and follow the instructions at the bottom of the page.