Leesburg Skate Park Design Up for Review

The public is invited to review and comment on conceptual drawings for the renovation of the Catoctin Skate Park.

The drawings were released Monday by Spohn Ranch, the design firm contracted by the town for the skate park project. They can be viewed online at leesburgva.gov/skatepark.

The new park will be located on the empty lot to the west of the existing park on Catoctin Circle. The new design incorporates ramps, stairs and handrails with modern, cement-based structures like a bowl and a vertical wall. The design takes into consideration that park users have different levels of ability and include in-line skaters and bicyclists in addition to skateboarders.

Comments may be sent to skateparkinfo@leesburgva.gov or posted on Facebook facebook.com/groups/leesburgskatepark. Comments will be accepted through May 25.

12 thoughts on “Leesburg Skate Park Design Up for Review

  • 2016-05-18 at 10:59 am

    Total and complete waste of nearly $1 million. leave it to the parks and rec people to propose a Taj mahal when a few ramps and obstacles will do for these kids, who are getting it for free (no fees). Meanwhile, we have neighborhoods without sidewalks and outdated facilities at Ida Lee, which actually makes money for the town. Unbelievable.

  • 2016-05-18 at 4:54 pm

    Agree with Ken 100%. 99% of the time I pass the thing there is nobody there. So, let’s dump another $1M into it.

  • 2016-05-18 at 5:31 pm

    I thought this thing was capped at $500,000. Which btw is to much. But leave it to a bunch of liberals on council and government worker to agree to spend one amount and then double it. $1,000,000 here, $300,000 for a down town fountain, $50,000 for a permanent stage with limited use, etc etc. Then stop plowing the streets and claim it is because it is due to lack of funding.

  • 2016-05-18 at 7:51 pm

    Agree with all the comments. I deal with design, materials and construction on similar projects and wonder about long-term maintanance too as it varies greatly from the original skatepark, which I’ve been to dozens of times (many years ago with my nephew). I can see this ultimately being a hodge-podge of concrete patches that is used by a select few residents and a handful of out of town patrons. What an utter waste of town money when so many, many other Town parks are in utter dire condition or need improvements….

  • 2016-05-18 at 9:47 pm

    Ken, you are simply miserable in your retirement. Why not have a top notch facility that draws kids to it and to the area. Why not give them a place to play. “A few ramps and obstacles” is a cranky way to say “back when I was a kid, all we had was a stick to play with and we were darn happy to have it!” Oh, by the way, the park is paid for by the parents on the kids, Your veiled suggest that they can just go to Ida Lee (and I guess play basketball?) is off base. Not everyone likes the same activities. So, go ahead and object to the overall cost but to suggest that something like this is not needed is just cranky.

  • 2016-05-19 at 3:35 pm

    There is nothing wrong with the town replacing the old skate park; it’s the cost to the taxpayers to build and operate it. Plus, there will be NO fees; no cost recovery like Ida Lee or fees we get from sports leagues to use our ballfields. That is my beef. The current park was actually built with private funds and there were fees through 2003 because kids were skateboarding all over the place. But that’s no longer the case. Studies show that skateboarding has been in decline for well over a decade. nationwide. So, it begs the question — why should Leesburg taxpayers pay for something so extravagant when it will be open to anyone (including non taxpayers) and when the cost of this is nearly double what was originally budgeted? Both Fairfax County and South Riding have modern skateboarding facilities. We do not need a Taj Mahal skatepark in Leesburg. Supposedly the town staff is looking at sponsorships from the private sector to help defray the costs — and I hope they will. But as long as the Council is willing to spend some $950,000 on this thing, town employees have no incentive to look for sponsors, and that’s not their job. Again it would be far better to scale this back in size and scope and cost. And, as noted below, maintenance annually will be a cost to the taxpayer, too.

  • 2016-05-19 at 10:00 pm

    Somehow, I find Ken Reid’s judgement to be a bit lacking, after his swing vote placing Loudoun County taxpayers in the unfair position of being on the hook to pay for hundreds of millions of dollars to the Metro system, a black hole getting worse and worse. Clearly, Ken Reid has no idea what is in the best interest of the public.

  • 2016-05-20 at 11:54 am

    Lawgh actually made a valid point.

    Penny wise and pound foolish?

  • 2016-05-20 at 2:33 pm

    I thought Councilman Dunn was trying to get the County to help pay for this park because it was really a regional park not just one for Leesburg residents. Maybe part of the $1,000,000 is coming from the County?

  • 2016-05-20 at 11:49 pm

    For those who don’t remember, the private skateboard park, adjacent to Springfield Mall 35-40 years ago, lasted all of 2 years during the utter height of skateboarding. Ken is correct as this park is a massive loser of a cause for a very few kids when the money can be better spent elsewhere. Dump a million, plus operations, plus maintenance, plus unknowns….. Yeh, let’s build it and show Ken how miserable he truly is….. Perhaps the Town can allow yet another brewery at the site, which will be strategic to the new Condos being constructed and easy passage via bicycle….

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