Lexington eyes building its first ever skate park

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LEXINGTON, N.C. -- When you think about the city of Lexington, one of the first things that comes to mind is probably barbecue.

However, the city is looking to broaden that image by building its first ever skate park.

"It’s a little bit different. I definitely wanted to bring something different to the community,” said Levi Scholler.

Scholler recently opened up "So Stoked Skate Shop" in downtown and looks forward to the new park.

“I’ve been leasing this for about two years trying to get it going,” he said as he glanced around his shop. "Skateboarding is whatever you make it. It can be an athletic thing, an expression of your creativity. Like a lot of kids are just skating in their driveways"

With practically no place to skate, the city hatched a plan to turn the abandoned Radcliffe Pool into a skate/BMX Park.

"If you drive through Lexington, you can see a need for it,” said Laura Duran, director of Parks and Recreation.

The plan for a skate park came about after a needs assessment was done several years back from the community.

"The re-creation of recreation master plan was, we are taking the pool away from there but we need to put something new there,” said Duran.

"So there still in a lot of people that don't have a clue. Everyday people come in here and I’m telling them about the skate park coming,” Scholler said.

The skate park is still in the design phase and should be completely built within the next couple of years.

"It is kind of a natural fit. It may even attract new people in to visit, new people to move here. You never know,” Duran said.

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