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“It’s the bombdiggity right here.” A new skate park opens Wednesday in Virginia Beach and skaters are stoked.

Virginian  Pilot logo Virginian Pilot 6/16/2021 Stacy Parker, The Virginian-Pilot
a man jumping in the air doing a trick on a skateboard: Kyle Drumwright, 28, rides around Virginia Beach's newly opened Woodstock Skate Park on Tuesday. The 30,000-square-foot park features a snake run and two-level bowl with waterfall, five corners and two hips, a quarter pipe with extension, ledge runs, stair sets, wall rides, banks, hips, rails and other custom ledges. Trent Sprague/Staff © Trent Sprague/The Virginian-Pilot Kyle Drumwright, 28, rides around Virginia Beach's newly opened Woodstock Skate Park on Tuesday. The 30,000-square-foot park features a snake run and two-level bowl with waterfall, five corners and two hips, a quarter pipe with extension, ledge runs, stair sets, wall rides, banks, hips, rails and other custom ledges. Trent Sprague/Staff

Tripp Boyce dropped into the quarter pipe at the new Woodstock Skate Park and looped around the street obstacles Tuesday morning, running his hand across a long, shiny black rail.

a man doing a trick on a skate board in the snow: Liam Maloney, 11, rides around Virginia Beach's newly opened Woodstock Skate Park on Tuesday. The 30,000-square-foot park features a snake run and two-level bowl with waterfall, five corners and two hips, a quarter pipe with extension, ledge runs, stair sets, wall rides, banks, hips, rails and other custom ledges. Trent Sprague/Staff © Trent Sprague/The Virginian-Pilot Liam Maloney, 11, rides around Virginia Beach's newly opened Woodstock Skate Park on Tuesday. The 30,000-square-foot park features a snake run and two-level bowl with waterfall, five corners and two hips, a quarter pipe with extension, ledge runs, stair sets, wall rides, banks, hips, rails and other custom ledges. Trent Sprague/Staff

“Imagine grinding this whole thing,” Boyce, 10, said to his friend, Carson Maloney, 9, who was following close behind him.

“That would be sick,” Maloney said.

The boys were among a small group of skaters who were invited to test out the new park off Providence Road in Virginia Beach. It opens to the public at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Woodstock Park recently underwent a $32 million upgrade that included the installation of an underground storage tank for wastewater, which is needed during heavy rain when treatment systems become inundated with storm water.

The concrete skate park sits on top of the tank and was developed through a partnership with the Virginia Beach Department of Parks and Recreation and the regional wastewater utility company, Hampton Roads Sanitation District.

Four years ago, HRSD wanted to place above-ground storage tanks in Woodstock Park. Around the same time, the city was preparing to renovate the park, which was built in 1987. The two entities started collaborating on ideas. Inspired by a project in Alexandria, Virginia, where a synthetic sports field was built on wastewater tanks, the sanitation engineers started brainstorming with the city planners in Virginia Beach.

a man riding a skateboard up the side of a ramp: Tripp Boyce, 10, rides around Virginia Beach's newly opened Woodstock Skate Park on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The 30,000 square foot skatepark is built above an upgraded 5.2-million-gallon wet weather offline storage tank that reduces sanitary sewer overflows. The park features a snake run and two-level bowl with waterfall, five corners and two hips; a quarter pipe with extension; ledge runs, stair sets, wall rides, snake run, banks, hips, rails, and other custom ledges; a warm-up area; and shaded viewing spots. © Trent Sprague/The Virginian-Pilot Tripp Boyce, 10, rides around Virginia Beach's newly opened Woodstock Skate Park on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The 30,000 square foot skatepark is built above an upgraded 5.2-million-gallon wet weather offline storage tank that reduces sanitary sewer overflows. The park features a snake run and two-level bowl with waterfall, five corners and two hips; a quarter pipe with extension; ledge runs, stair sets, wall rides, snake run, banks, hips, rails, and other custom ledges; a warm-up area; and shaded viewing spots.

“The ideas and collaboration kept going,” said Chad Morris, development administrator for Parks and Recreation.

The city invested about $2 million in the park’s new restrooms, picnic shelters, playground area and parking. HRSD footed the bill for a 5.2 million-gallon holding tank and the skate park, Morris said.

The community was invited to weigh in on the skate park idea through public meetings with the designer — Team Pain of Florida, which also designed Williams Farm Skatepark.

Kyle Drumwright, 28, tested out the street obstacles on Tuesday.

“It’s the bombdiggity right here,” Drumwright said before launching off the top of a set of stairs. “It’s pretty much everything you’d ever want.”

The skate park includes a warm-up area, an abundance of street features, a two-level bowl and other elements. It also has shaded observation areas, public art and a roof garden. It’s free to skate and will open between sunrise and sunset. Helmets and other protective gear are recommended.

Liam Maloney, 11, liked the snake run, a long curvy track with sloped sides called transitions.

“It’s flowy and fast,” he said.

His father, Bill Boyce, watched nearby.

“It looks like something you’d see in California,” he said.

Stacy Parker, 757-222-5125, stacy.parker@pilotonline.com

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