New year, new fee for Virginia Beach skate parks

A girl skates at Williams Farm skate park. (Courtesy City of Virginia Beach.)
A girl skates at Williams Farm skate park. (Courtesy City of Virginia Beach.)

VIRGINIA BEACH — For more than a decade, the city has been providing free skate parks to the public. That will change Jan. 1.

To help loosen a tightening budget and to fund park staffing and maintenance, the Beach will begin charging people to use its three city-owned skate parks. The new fees will include annual and day passes, according to the city’s website.

Rates for Virginia Beach residents will be $20 a year for those 17 and under, and $40 for those 18 and up. That fee increases to $30 and $50, respectively, for non-residents. Day passes will be $3 for kids and $5 for adults, regardless of residence.

The passes will work at all three city skate parks. Applications can be downloaded here. They may be paid for by check, money order and cash but not credit card. Beach residents will need to provide a state-issued driver’s license or identification from the DMV with a Virginia Beach address to get the residents’ rate. A parent can provide that identification to get the youth rate for a child.

Parks and Recreation spokeswoman Julie Braley said it’s difficult to say how many might register for park use after Jan. 1 or how much the fee will net for the department. The city does not track demographics on park use and currently requires users to register only once — not annually.

She provided the following data on the skate-parks:

Mount Trashmore: Opened 2003. Saw 15,515 visitors in fiscal year 2014-15.

Williams Farm: Opened 2012. Saw 21,933 visitors in fiscal year 2014-15.

Woodstock: Opened 2007. Saw 6,294 visitors in fiscal year 2014/15.

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