Skateboarders finally got to put wheels to pavement over the weekend as the skate park at Reston's Lake Fairfax Park is finally finished.
Many of those skaters will be on hand at the facility's official grand opening at noon on Saturday, Oct. 27.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Fairfax County Park Authority Board, and Lake Fairfax staff members invite the public to join in this free event, supported in part by local skateboard company Infected Skateboards as well as the Reston Community Center.
The skate park and the county held several community meetings in 2011 to solicit feedback from skaters. It was designed and built by acclaimed California skate park designer Spahn Ranch, renowned for their innovative design concepts that have been featured in skate boarding events at The X-Games and on the Dew Tour.
The skate park, located in the back of the park near the athletic fields and campground, is a 15,235-square-foot facility, featuring well-rounded terrain and an array of obstacles. All features are constructed of concrete with steel edges to replicate elements skaters would find in typical public spaces such as benches, stairs, curbs and ramps.
It also features two shelter structures at the entrance. The project cost approximately $1 million and was funded by park bonds.