- Associated Press - Sunday, June 15, 2014

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) - The Town of Culpeper’s skateboard/bike park in Yowell Meadow recently received some high praise from a family of skating enthusiasts making their way up the East Coast on a tour of skateboarding facilities.

Three members of the Boggs family from Palmetto in Southern Florida recently spent an afternoon checking out the facility while they were in the area June 4.

Larry Boggs, who owns his own painting company in Florida, said he decided to take his two younger sons, Brody, 9, and Early, 7, on a roughly monthlong trip to check out skate parks.

The guys have already visited parks in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and in Richmond, he said.

Brody said he thinks the Culpeper facility Yowell Meadow Park is one of the nicer ones he has skated.

“This is the fifth one we’ve been to,” Brody said. “I think this is the best so far. A lot of the others are really little, or their stuff is broken.”

Most of the parks the family has visited are private facilities which charge fees to enter, Larry said.

Culpeper’s skatepark, which was originally constructed by the town in 2002, was just renovated last summer. Wooden equipment which was subject to water damage in the oft-flooded park was removed in favor of concrete equipment.

The town spent an estimated $94,000 on the renovation project, which it estimates should last for about 50 years.

Larry said the family has been alternating between spending their evenings in their van at campground facilities and staying in nicer hotels as they travel north along the I-95 corridor.

As they travel, they keep one eye on the Concrete Disciples website, which offers details and locations of skating facilities throughout the nation, he said.

“I’m originally from upstate New York, but I’ve been down in Florida for 15 years. I’ve been seeing the signs for Culpeper for years going up and down the highway,” Larry said. “This is a pretty little town you got here.”

Larry said his wife, Traci, has been monitoring the group’s progress through social media and local newspaper accounts as the group makes its way to a weeklong skating camp at Camp Woodward in Pennsylvania.

The group’s Culpeper visit fell between stops at facilities in Richmond and Washington, D.C., Larry said. Charmcity Skatepark in Baltimore is also on the trio’s itinerary before they reach Camp Woodward.

They usually stop at one park per day, strap on their helmets and pads and spend a few hours skating before moving on, he said.

“They don’t skate without their safety gear,” he said.

While the two older Boggs men were impressed with Culpeper’s facility, Early said he preferred a park closer to home.

“I liked Kona the best,” Early said of a Florida facility the family visited the first day of their trip. “I liked the big vert ramp.”

Larry, who does not skate himself, said taking his boys on the trip seemed like a good way to kickoff the summer break from school.

“They really love to skate,” Larry said. “And I think it’s safer for them than playing football.”


Information from: Culpeper Star-Exponent, https://www.starexponent.com

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