Lights coming to Charlottesville skate park
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A goal to raise money to put in lights at a popular park has been reached.
The Charlottesville Department of Parks and Recreation announced on Wednesday that the goal had been achieved and lights will be going up at the skate park.
The park opened in 2019, but lights were not installed due to a lack of funds from the original project’s budget.
Several organizations teamed up to raise the money, including the Charlottesville Skate Park Advisory Committee, the Bama Works Fund of the Dave Matthews Band, the perry Foundation, the Rock the Lights Campaign by Duane Brown, Upper-level Screen Printing, Freestyle, Hatcher Consulting, and others.
It may have taken years to get to this point, but the park’s supervisor, Matt Moffett, is glad to see this progress.
“You made this announcement a reality through four years of fundraising, matching grants, events, and personal asks to friends, co-workers, family, and all who donated,” he said.
The city says finishing the park’s original plan of having lights is a massive win, since it means the park will be able to extend its hours.
Once the lights are up and operational, the skate park will be open until 10 p.m. year-round.
“The skate park reaches a huge demographic, from little kids to older adults to totally new beginners,” said Moffett.
The new LED fixtures are expected to be completed by mid-September.