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Catoctin SkatePark Renamed in Honor of Skating Enthusiast and Park Supporter Eric Brown

New Eric Brown Skate Plaza at Catoctin Park will open this spring.

Post Date:02/02/2017 4:19 PM

Leesburg, VA (February 2, 2017) – The Leesburg Town Council recently renamed the Catoctin SkatePark. The park is now simply “Catoctin Park” and the skate park elements within the park will be the “Eric Brown Skate Plaza.”

In 1995, Eric Brown spearheaded the successful effort to establish a Town-owned skate park. Because the Town Code prohibits skating on public streets and sidewalks, Brown and a group of other young skating enthusiasts approached the Town Council for assistance in finding a permissible place to skate. Brown subsequently served as the only youth member of the board of directors for the Friends of Ida Lee, a 501(c)3 non-profit fundraising organization. Through the efforts of this group, working with the Department of Parks & Recreation, the Catoctin SkatePark opened in 1998 on the site of two little-used tennis courts.

The original Catoctin SkatePark was demolished last year in preparation for construction of the new park on the adjacent lot. The new Eric Brown Skate Plaza at Catoctin Park is currently under construction and is expected to be completed this spring.

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