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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Wakefield Skatepark extension officially opened

Rob Fall, 24, a student at NOVA, at the new section of the Wakefield Skatepark.

The new addition to the Wakefield Skatepark in Annandale was completed weeks ago, but the official ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Sept. 8.

The 6,000 square foot addition was developed by the California-based Spohn Ranch skate park design and construction company, and the plaza-style design was based on input from skaters. The new section has rails, stairs, ledges, hubbas, and banks.

Until recently, “skateboarding was not considered a sport. It was considered to be dangerous and annoying,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova. That is changing. It is now one of the fastest-growing sports in the nation, and it’s the third most popular sport for American teenagers, after football and basketball, she said. There are 11.6 million skaters and more than 1,000 skate parks in the country.

According to Bulova, the appeal of skating is “a lack of rules and boundaries that allow skateboarders to express their own individuality.”

“The county is now developing public areas designed to encourage skating where we used to discourage it,” said Braddock Supervisor John Cook. “We’re even designing public art that is skateboard friendly.”

Park Authority Board member Marie Reinsdorf (at-large) noted bond funding supports projects like the skatepark expansion and urged the public to support the park bond on the November ballot.

Jeff Greer, 17, of Centreville
The park authority no longer charges an admission fee to the Wakefield Skatepark. Helmets and pads can be rented in the Audrey Moore RECenter. On Saturday, only the youngest skaters were wearing helmets. 

The Wakefield Skatepark, constructed in 2004, was the first skatepark developed by the Fairfax County Park Authority. A new one, at Lake Fairfax, is expected to be finished this month.

Click here for a video of the Wakefield Skatepark event on the Annandale Arts You Tube Channel.


  1. You know the parents of the first kid to sneak off to this park and get hurt will end up suing the county.

  2. well then those parents deserved to get their arses kicked and their teeth knocked out for being fools