Skatepark FAQ Page

 Here you should be able to find answers to all your questions about the Green Skate Project (aka – the new skatepark). If for some reason you do not find the answer you were looking for or would like more details, please go to our Question and Comments Page where you will find a place to post or email.

 

  1. Is the Skatepark going to close?
  2. Is the Skatepark going to be moved? Why?
  3. Where is the skatepark being moved to?
  4. Is everything in the skatepark going to be moved? What about the bowl?
  5. What is the new skatepark going to be like? Is it going to be smaller?
  6. What is “The Green Skate Project”?
  7. When will the old skatepark close?How long will the move take?
  8. Who is looking out for the local skaters interests?
  9. When will the new Skatepark be open?
  10. Is the Skatepark going to be run by the YMCA?
  11. Is the Skatepark still going to be free?
  12. Is there going to be a helmet/pad rule?
  13. Will there be any bathrooms and water available at the new park?
  14. Will the new skatepark have an attendant?
  15. Will the new skatepark be fenced?
  16. Will the new skatepark have lights?
  17. Will Scooters and tricycles be allowed at the new skatepark?
  18. How can I get involved?
  19. I’m a parent; what can I do? Can you use the expertise in my particular field?
  20. How is the new skatepark being paid for?
  21. Are there any current fund raisers?
  22. I have an idea for the park. Who can I tell?

 

 

 

  1. Is the Skatepark being closed?

No, not permanently. There may be a short period that we don’t have a skatepark while things are being moved to a temporary location (TBD). There will be a longer period before the new skatepark is completed while we are using a temporary skatepark.

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  1. The Skatepark is going to be moved? Why?

Yes, the skatepark is going to be moved. The Meadowcreek Parkwayis going to join McIntire Roadat the McIntire/250 Bypass intersection and McIntire Rdis going to be widened. The widening is going to take up most of the area of the skatepark. You can see a map plan for this project here: http://www.cvillepedia.org/mediawiki/index.php/File:AlternativeC1.jpg.

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  1. Where is the skatepark being moved to?

The future location has not been finalized at this point. The Charlottesville Skatepark Committee has researched our options fully and has presented the Parks Dept. with a list of all the parks in Charlottesville that we feel is appropriate in size to accommodate the new skatepark. This list was also presented with consideration of other important criteria. Among things considered after appropriate square footage was determined was available bathrooms, available water, available shelter (also area for attendant and equipment storage), centralization in the city, high public visibility, proximity to bus routes, available parking (also whether enough to accommodate events), available shaded areas, and whether the park is currently or soon to be under a working process master plan.

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  1. Is everything in the skatepark going to be moved? What about the bowl?

 No. Unfortunately the bowl will not be moved. Because of the size and complexity of such a project the expense outweighs the benefit. We are petitioning to replace it with a concrete bowl which would be even better.

 All of the newer ramps and rails as well as the concrete picnic table and step ledge will be moved.

 The ramps that the students built (the mini, the ¼ connected to the mini and the ‘not so’ fun box) will also not be moved to the new skatepark and neither will the original concrete ledges.

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  1. What is the new skatepark going to be like? Is it going to be smaller?

 The committee is aiming to build the new skatepark bigger and better than it is now. Our motto is “A World Class Skatepark for aWorldClassCity”. We are proud of our city and we would like our city to be proud of its skatepark. Under the Green Skate Project syndicate, we hope to increase the size of the skatepark and to add concrete elements and features that will accommodate a wide range of skateboarder profiles and ability levels: from raw street to roundwall; beginner to advance.

 We want the new skatepark to be a premier park facility for the city and also plan to include landscaping and layout that appeals not only to skateboarders but also to the general public.

 In addition we plan on a general ‘theme’ to the new skatepark being ‘Jeffersonian”. We have, so far, conceptualized a series of new skatepark features that will have design properties and names that give homage to Mr. Jefferson, Monticello and areas around the University of Virginia.

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  1. What is “The Green Skate Project”?

 The Green Skate Project is the tome of which we are working under. In the spirit of conservation, our committee is committed to utilizing as many green practices as possible; the first step being the reuse of as much of the existing equipment as we can.  The equipment we are not able to reuse we will try to find possible private venues for.

  As mentioned above we are dedicated to the aesthetic look of the new skatepark and plan on landscaping that utilizes native and natural landscaping practices as recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency.

 We also are trying to utilize a more sustainable and much more maintenance free plan form of concrete for all new skatepark features.

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  1. When will the old skatepark close? How long will the move take?

 This is really unanswerable at this time. A lot depends on the progress of the parkway and what part of the construction will take place first. We will keep you up to date as we get solid information.

 Once it is determined when the old skatepark will have to close the temporary skatepark will be put in place utilizing most of the newer ramps. This process should not take long.

 Once the temporary skatepark is in place, we should already have a head start on the planning of the new permanent skatepark. This process could take a while but should be well worth the wait.

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  1. Who is looking out for the local skaters interests?

There is currently a committee made up of local skaters that is going to bat for you and trying to make sure things roll forward as smoothly as possible. You can see a list of those involved on the ‘Advocates Page’. There you will also find information on how you can get involved.

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  1. When will the new Skatepark be open?

 Please see question 7 above.

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  1. Is the Skatepark going to be run by the YMCA?

 No, the skatepark is not going to be affiliated with the YMCA. Even if the new skatepark were to be located in eastMcIntirePark, it will remain entirely a City ofCharlottesvilleoperated park.

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  1. Is the Skatepark still going to be free?

Yes, the skatepark is going to remain free.

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  1. Is there going to be a helmet/pad rule?

 As a committee we are always trying to move in the most modern direction pertaining to skatepark rules. The trend across the state and across most of the country is that skateparks are unfenced without attendants and helmets are recommended with no pad requirement.

 At this point however the current pad rule will more than likely remain as is: kids under 16 must wear elbow and knee pads. Everyone must wear helmets. It will be recommended that everyone 16 and over wear elbow and kneepads but not required. The committee and most of the skating community feels that this is a reasonable compromise for a number of reasons; however we will always suggest a ‘no pad rule’.

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  1. Will there be any bathrooms and water available at the new park?

 Bathrooms and water are top on our list of needed facilitation. Our hope is to relocate the skatepark in a place that already has these amenities as to reduce the expenses needed to build peripheral items in order to stream more funding toward actual skating elements (i.e. the good stuff).

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  1. Will the new skatepark have an attendant?

As a committee we are always trying to move in the most modern direction pertaining to skatepark rules. The trend across the state and across most of the country is that skateparks are unfenced without attendants.

 However there are positive aspects in having an attendant. For one it helps to keep unwanted elements out of the skatepark area: nonskaters, bums, dopers and even skaters with looser attitudes (we’ve all seen ‘em). The park also tends to stay cleaner with an attendant around who picks up trash every day (before we had an attendant the skatepark was always completely littered with soda cans and other trash. A few people ruined it for everyone and the city was forced to employ an attendant. If you’ve ever left trash in the skatepark, you’re the main reason we have an attendant so don’t complain about it. Yea dude, thanks a lot.).

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  1. Will the new skatepark be fenced?

As a committee we are always trying to move in the most modern direction pertaining to skatepark rules. The trend across the state and across most of the country is that skateparks are unfenced without attendants.

 Fencing also has some good points. It helps keep vandals at bay for one thing – thinkVirginia Beachskatepark; the bowl was burned to the ground. At least they finally caught the little losers. Of course, that skatepark is also fenced so…

 Fencing also keeps non-skaters from wandering in, getting in the way and generally disrupting the flow of things. There are a lot of more secluded parks where this is not an issue (New Market, Bedford, Stanley) but our new skatepark will probably be located in close proximity of other park facilities and therefore more non-skaters.

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  1. Will the new skatepark have lights?

 That is not yet determined. We certainly hope so but of all the expenses pending that is potentially one of the biggest. We’ll keep you informed.

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  1. Will Scooters and tricycles be allowed at the new skatepark?

 Skateparks are not designed for scooters, tricycles and other toys of that nature and they should not be allowed for safety reasons. Unfortunately they are allowed in our skatepark because oof the misguided insistence of a former assistant city manager who wanted her nonskating kids to be able to use the skatepark. We hope to convey our Parks Dept. to have a rule set against such activities. At the very least we will try to make it so that they are only allowed if no other skaters are using the park, which is extremely rare.

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  1. How can I get involved?

 Please see our Advocates Page for information on our current committee and how you can get involved in the process.

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  1. I’m a parent; what can I do? Can you use the expertise in my particular field?

Please see our Advocates Page for information on our current committee and how you can get involved in the process.

 We are certainly looking for helpful expertise as we’ve had in the past such as lawyers, builders (for material resources only), etc. We also welcome parental input and would like to have a few parents on the committee.

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  1. How is the new skatepark being paid for?

 A majority of the funding is contracted through the construction company that is building theCharlottesvillesection of theMeadowcreek Parkway. Additional funding will come from city resources through certain charity organizations. We also intend to engage in private fundraising and public awareness campaigns.

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  1. Are there any current fund raisers?

 As of yet there are no activities in place but the idea process is rolling. If you would like to help with our skatepark fundraising and public awareness programs, or have ideas of your own to share or implement, please go to our Advocates Page for contact information. Or if you like, post a comment or recommendation on our Questions and Comments page.

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  1. I have an idea for the park. Who can I tell?

  Want to get involved? If you’d like to help out on the committee or would like to work ‘behind the scenes’ then please go to our Advocates Page for contact and committee information.

  If you have ideas about what you’d like to see in the new skatepark, where you like to see it go, what you’d like to see changed/stay the same or anything else you can think of please see our Ideas Page and post away.

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Please visit these pages for more information
If you are a parent of a skater or a park user that would like to get more involved in the developement of the new skatepark: the ‘Green Skate Project’ please visit our Advocates page here.

  Visit our skatepark ‘Ideas Page’ here if you have ideas you would like to share on anything related to the skatepark, including features you would like to see, how you feel about the move, what you would like to see changed and so on.

 For the latest updates on committee meetings please see our Updates Page here.

 If you would like to leave a general comment not pertaining to skatepark ideas or features, or you have a question that you don’t see covered here, please visit our Questions and Comments Page here.

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