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Grand Opening for Lake Fairfax Skate Park

Local officials and skaters of all ages help open county's new skateboard destination.

There was the grinding of wheels and shouts from happy skateboarders as the Lake Fairfax Park Skate Park officially opened for business on Saturday.

The 15,235-square-foot park has been several years in the making, but Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins said the seeds were planted when her own children, now grown, were teens and built a ramp on the neighbor's fence.

"This is something that provides people with an opportunity to get engaged in an activity and do it in a positive way," Hudgins said at the noon ribbon cutting. "I am really excited."

The skate park, owned by the Fairfax County Park Authority and paid for by $1 million in park bonds, was designed by Spohn Ranch of California, with input from the community. It features elements skaters would find in public spaces, such as benches, curbs, rail and ramps, as well as a bowl. There are two covered pavilion areas.

Skaters of all ages and levels were testing out the new facility Saturday. Hudson Day, 7, of Great Falls, says he has been skating for two years  - but mainly in Ocean City and at Herndon's skate park. He said he will skate at Lake Fairfax now because it is closer.

Seth Levy, 25, of Step Up and Skate , said Lake Fairfax will be a good spot for beginner and intermediate skaters.

"It is a good place to learn, and to take it to the next level," he said of the new park. "There are a lot more skaters than parks that can handle them, so this is a great start."

Lake Fairfax is the second county skate park. The other is Wakefield Skate Park in Annandale.

The skate park has the same hours at Lake Fairfax Park (dawn to dusk). Admission is free. Skating is unsupervised, but there is first aid available in the park office.

Connie Blair October 28, 2012 at 04:19 AM
So much fun to watch the skaters
Karen Goff October 28, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Connie- thanks for your excellent photos!
John Lovaas October 29, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Reston's Bill Bouie, chairman of the Park Authority, is the person who made this a reality for Reston youth. Mr. Bouie has quietly lobbied and pressured for the skate park, mostly behind the scenes, in the years since a small group of nimbys killed the first park proposed near the YMCA. Congratulations on a job well done for Reston youth!
Michael Sanio November 29, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Congratulations and thanks to Bill Bouie, our young people have been looking for this for some time. I was at the Park Thanksgiving Saturday afternoon, 60 kids on the ramps, only 2 on the soccer fields!

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