A bustling public park

Published 9:27 pm Tuesday, April 5, 2011

On Saturday, Bennett’s Creek Park got a serious workout as it hosted two major events in addition to the normal attractions that already make it a popular place for families and others seeking to spend a nice day outside.

As teams prepared their entries for the Suffolk Chili Fest that would take place in the afternoon, a large group of skateboarders, parents, city officials and people who were merely curious about the event gathered for a ribbon-cutting at the new skate park that is located within the recreational area. The concrete skate park, which includes a bowl, a rail and other features intended to encourage skateboard tricks, is a long-awaited addition to the Bennett’s Creek area.

The park already was a great place to spend some time on a Saturday morning, or maybe after work on a summer evening, when the late sunset gives a couple of extra hours of daylight for playing disc golf or tennis. The skate park will be yet another draw.

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And as folks who visited Bennett’s Creek Park on Saturday got to experience firsthand, the addition of a special event such as Chili Fest will make the facility a place that is bustling with activity. And that’s just the way a public park should be.