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Posted on: April 2, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Are you ready to skate?

Over the last several months rails, runs, bowls and decks have taken shape at the WJ Skatepark + Urban Plaza in Washington Jefferson Park. At long last, this Friday at 3 pm, the gates to this 23,000 square-foot beauty will open. To celebrate, the community is invited to join Mark Scott and the rest of the Dreamland crew for an inaugural skate on opening day from 3-5p.m. The free to skate park will be open daily from 6a.m. to 11p.m. and with the benefit of I-105 bridge cover, will allow for active recreation rain or shine.

Work on some of the other park renovations by local contractor, 2G Construction, will continue for the next few weeks and fencing will remain in place in critical areas throughout the park. Additional improvements breathing new vitality into this urban space include accessible pathways, new restrooms, bike racks, benches, drinking fountains, energy-efficient lighting, landscaping, and areas to accommodate food carts and special events.

WJ Skatepark + Urban Plaza is no ordinary skatepark. It is the collective vision of thousands of local youth for more than a decade. It was designed and built by Dreamland Skateparks, with both beginners and expert skaters in mind. The iconic ribbon, the mini-snake run and the blend of varied skate terrain will ensure this skatepark is a destination for enthusiasts from around the country and will join the ranks of Eugene’s many world-class sporting venues.

The grand opening celebration will be held on National Go Skate Day, Saturday, June 21. A full day of activities including skateboarding lessons, demos, live music and more are being planned.

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