The “Request for Proposal Skatepark Re-Bid” went out to bid for the second time on June 8th. The RFP packages were sent to the previous bidders and other qualified construction companies are encouraged to send in a bid as well. The bids are due by June 26th @ 10 am. If the bids come back within budget (we think and hope they will), we will then get confirmation from the selectboard and begin to BUILD the skatepark!! Construction is still expected to be completed before winter sets in.
Here’s the deal: The skatepark bids came in too high for what we had left in the budget. Our original budget was developed with consultation of industry experts. However, BASIC is excited to say we just received an additional $75,000 from Vermont Community Foundation Withington Fund! Our next step is to re-scope the project and find potential elements for town staff to complete. This means before going out to bid again, we will determine what aspects of the work can be pulled out of the bid package and done by town staff and/or others such as parking, walkway, landscaping, earth moving, etc. It’s the hope and goal to have this equal the remaining $21,000. Rest assured, the skatepark design itself will not be effected by these changes. Bid packages are anticipated to be sent out by the end of this month with the ultimate goal of having the skatepark built in the fall.
Based on feedback from our two public design meetings, the final design has been completed and has recently gone out to bid. The plan shown here is quite accurate however the colored concrete will most likely be removed due to budget restrictions. We feel this design has a good balance of street and vert to serve the majority of our skating community. If all goes as planned, construction should be complete by fall of this year!
Check out the two proposed design options from our second design meeting by clicking on the survey below. You will have the ability to add your input on each one. A new design will then be created using all the feedback. Now’s your chance to participate!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our first design meeting. Great thoughts were shared and Stantec will be back on Thursday, Sept. 20th, 6:30 pm in the Gibson Aiken Center to present a few proposed designs based on the feedback they received from Brattleboro skaters and the community. Anyone who missed our first meeting and would like to complete the skatepark survey and add any suggestions for features/design can click on the link below.
BASIC would like to thank the Brattleboro community along with our skatepark supporters near and far for the outstanding support of our project. We are proud to state that BASIC has raised $239,412.00…surpassing our fundraising goal of $230,000!!!!
NOW…Skate fans, MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!! We are now proceeding with DESIGN MEETINGS which will take place on Wednesday Aug 22nd from 6:30 – 8pm and Thursday, September 20th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.
Final note: Donations will still be accepted to cover any unknown contingency costs, benches, landscaping, shading, etc.
Brattleboro Skatepark Supporters, you are NOT dreaming. We have reached our fundraising Goal and are now onto DESIGN!!
The Town of Brattleboro has recently voted to donate $60,000 towards the skatepark project. We are finally within reach of our $230,000 goal! In addition to this generous donation, the Tarrant Foundation has awarded us a Matching Grant Challenge. Every dollar raised between May 1st and June 30th will be matched 1:1 up to a maximum of $15,000. With the successful completion of this grant challenge, we will have only $30,000 left to raise. It is now more important than ever for you to make a contribution so we can meet our challenge and get this park built. Please spread the word and make your tax deductible contribution during May or June so your donation will be doubled!
This year, don’t forget to include the Brattleboro Skatepark in your Christmas giving. We are almost half way to our goal of $230,000 and with your help we can make some dreams come true. For $46 you can pay for one square foot of the skatepark! Now is the time…
It’s with great excitement that VT Stance, Southern Vermont’s premier car club is hosting a benefit Car Show on August 19, 2017 from 10am – 4pm at the Brattleboro Union High School to support the design and construction of the Brattleboro Skatepark!
VTstance is a nonprofit car club based out of Guilford Vermont. Their goal is to spread awareness and appreciation of the local car scene, and to provide a meeting space for those in the area who are passionate about cars. They host smaller bimonthly meets, and this will be their larger annual show.
Please help spread the word about this event and visit VT Stance on Facebook for the latest updates!!
BASIC recently received a $1,400 grant from the Crosby-Gannett Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation. The grant will help further BASIC’s mission to provide a free and safe place for people of all ages to skateboard.
The Crosby-Gannett Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation supports endeavors that contribute to the betterment and vitality of the Brattleboro area.
The Vermont Community Foundation is a family of hundreds of funds and foundations established by Vermonters to serve their charitable goals. It provides the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise to make giving easy and effective. The Foundation also provides leadership in giving by responding to community needs, mobilizing and connecting philanthropists to multiply their impact, and by keeping Vermont’s nonprofit sector vital with grants and other investments in the community.
Visit www.vermontcf.org or call 802-388-3355 for more information.