Saturday morning, the Charlottesville Skate Park and a bicycle and pedestrian bridge linking both halves of McIntire Park officially opened. Both facilities unofficially opened early in the spring, but the grand opening was postponed because of inclement weather.

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The $2.7 million bridge over the railroad tracks bisecting the park marks the first time both sides of the park have had a walkable link. The 2-acre skate park replaces a facility that was demolished to make way for the interchange at McIntire Road and the John W. Warner Parkway.

The skate park, located on the eastern side of McIntire Park is a facility open for skateboarding, biking and rollerskating. The facility is unsupervised and generally is open from 8 a.m. to sunset and does not have an admission fee. The skate park cost about $2.1 million and received a $25,000 grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation for its construction.

For more information on the skate park, visit the city of Charlottesville’s page on it.

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    City officials and residents on Saturday cut the ribbon at the bicycle and pedestrian bridge linking both halves of McIntire Park.

    Credit: Ézé Amos/Charlottesville Tomorrow

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    The Charlottesville Skate Park, located along the U.S. 250 Bypass in eastern McIntire Park, has been designed for all skill levels.

    Credit: Ézé Amos/Charlottesville Tomorrow

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    Parking is available either at the end of Rugby Avenue in the western portion of McIntire Park or in the designated spaces at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad on McIntire Road.

    Credit: Ézé Amos/Charlottesville Tomorrow

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    A BMX bike rider makes a jump from a feature at the Charlottesville skate park. The facility officially opened on April 20.

    Credit: Ézé Amos/Charlottesville Tomorrow