It’s hard to believe I’m actually writing this, but Parker Construction and DMI Construction will be breaking ground to begin construction within the next few weeks (assuming COVID-19 behaves).
Due to current social distancing guidelines, our ground breaking ceremony will be kept to a minimum of 10 people. The plan is to have the park complete by early August, but depending on weather and supply of needed materials due to COVID-19, it’s possible it may get extended to early October. However, our construction crew has assured us construction WILL be complete by October at the latest.
The Brattleboro Skatepark WILL be built this summer, 2020!
BUT, we just received the bids back for the construction and we are just a mere $9,600 shy of meeting the $280,000 quote. BASIC will go before the Brattleboro Selectboard on March 17th to request that they accept the $280,000 bid and get the ball rolling for construction. However, we need your help to overcome this small $9,600 funding gap before the 17th meeting. I know we sound like a broken record again, but the longer this project takes, the higher the construction costs get. (Two steps forward, one step back). So we need your help NOW to get this project done once and for all.
You can click on the DONATE tab to the right or send a check to Brattleboro Rec & Parks (BASIC), P.O. Box 513, Brattleboro, VT 05302. Let’s do this!
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…