Annandale’s Wakefield Skate Park is getting some air with a $1.2 million facelift.
The nearly two-decade-old skate park off of Braddock Road is undergoing a major renovation that will add a competition-style bowl, multilevel jump line, mini ramp, spine, A-frame and ledges.
“The project goal is to create an updated design that incorporates newer styles of obstacles and features that are found in today’s typical skateparks,” the Fairfax County Park Authority says on the project page.
When completed, it will cater “to all skill levels of skateboarders, BMX riders and other wheeled athletes.”
Demolition is now underway on a large section of the park that was closed off to the public earlier this week, Fairfax County Park Authority spokesperson Judith Pedersen told FFXnow. However, the newer, concrete portion of the park will continue to remain open for skating for the duration of construction.
The hope is that the renovation will be completed by the fall, with a reopening to come shortly thereafter.
“Fingers crossed, we will have the grand opening this year,” Pedersen said.
The Wakefield Skate Park first opened in 2004 and expanded in 2012. As the county’s website notes, the average lifespan for a wooden skate park is about 15 years. After 18 years of use, it’s time for a full renovation and upgrade.
“The skate park has been repaired several times, but due to the age and makeup of the facility, it is no longer feasible or safe to prolong the use of the original equipment,” the FCPA website says.
Wakefield is one of two county-maintained skate parks. The other is Lake Fairfax Skate Park in Reston, which opened a decade ago.
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