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New skateboard park to open to the public

June 9, 2011 : Allison Cundiff/Liberty University News Service

Liberty University’s new skate park is opening to the public on Saturday, June 11. The year-round indoor skating facility opened in April to Liberty University and Liberty Christian Academy students, and after seeing community interest, Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. decided to make the park available to the whole Lynchburg community.

“It’s just one more unique thing that the university can offer to the city as well as our students,” said Lee Beaumont, Liberty’s Executive Director of Auxiliary Services. “We just want it to be a nice, safe place for kids to go and enjoy and enhance their skating skills.”

The 8,600-square-foot park is located in the warehouse area of the old Steve and Barry’s store in the Candlers Station Shopping Center on Candlers Mountain Road and is accessible through the Drowsy Poet courtyard.

The facility features a foam pit for learning aerials, a half pipe, rails, boxes and an observation deck. The park can be used for skateboards, BMX bicycles and rollerblades.

The fully staffed facility will be open from 2 p.m. to midnight every day. The cost is $5, which includes the City of Lynchburg’s amusement tax.

All ages are welcome to use the park, although children under 18 will need a parent or legal guardian to sign a waiver. Helmets will be required and are available for rental.

The maximum capacity of the skate park is 40 people, but Beaumont said if there is enough interest, they may plan to expand into existing warehouse space, doubling the size of the facility.

Liberty purchased the Candlers Station Shopping Center in January 2010.