Think of the Outer Banks and recreation, and the more obvious water sports come to mind. Anybody planning a vacation to the shores of North Carolina, be it Dare or Currituck County, is relatively looking forward to days of relaxing in the sun, surfing, fishing, and cycling the waves on a jet ski. Newer visitors to the Currituck Outer Banks may be surprised to know, however, that an alternative recreational activity awaits them at Maple Skate Park.
A recent addition to the attractions roster of Currituck County, North Carolina, the Maple Skate Park opened in May of 2006 in response the growing interest in skateboarding and extreme sports in the Outer Banks. Although the area is not populous year round, the spring and summer brings thousands of visitors to the area annually, mainly families looking forward to a beach vacation offering flexible activities to suit all interests. The park, located near Currituck Regional Airport in Maple, North Carolina, is free to the public and open from sun-up to sundown, allowing maximum enjoyment for all skating enthusiasts.
Visitors to the park will find the area split into two sections. An open flow bowl offers an "oververt" section, loveseat, and a door, and there is also an eleven-foot vertical keyhole with pool coping. Parents and others come to watch the action are welcome to make use of the grilling areas for a picnic. As there is no supervision at the park, skaters are advised to skate at their own risk, observe common sense and courtesy, and wear protection against injury.
For an alternative to the beach, extreme sports lovers are welcome to ride or watch at Maple Skate Park, and to view the progress as expansions to the park are being done. The Maple Skate Park is just one of many attractions making the Currituck Outer Banks the place to visit this year.