**Skatepark Location Update**
BASIC has been given a new location for the construction of Brattleboro’s 4,900 square foot skatepark. It will be located on the hill of Memorial Park, on the inside of the last turn when driving up to the Kiwanis Shelter. A fenced in 8,000 square foot dog park will be located along the opposite side of the road at this same turn. Parking for 6-8 vehicles will be included in the design.
BASIC will work closely with Brattleboro Snow Sports to minimize any intrusion on the skiing and sliding hill. We will also work closely with the town, the town’s insurance carrier and property abutters to insure a safe and beautiful park for all to enjoy.
This new location has been approved by the Selectboard as well as the Design Review Board (DRB). An amendment of the existing Act 250 Permit is required, so BASIC is now working with the State of Vermont to meet their requirements. Once the permit is amended, BASIC will move forward with the design process.
This skatepark is not a town-funded project. It is being funded strictly through funds raised by the committed volunteers of BASIC. Your physical and monetary support is crucial at this time. Our youth need a free, safe park where they can exercise, socialize, express themselves and gain self-esteem. Please show your support and commitment to our future generation by donating today.
Frontside Air Club $1,000+
360 Flip Club $500-$999
Kick Flip Club $250-$499
Ollie Club $100-$249
All donors will have their name listed in our grand opening program. Members of the Ollie, Kick Flip and 720 Club will have their name listed on a permanent plaque at the skatepark. Members of the Frontside Air Club will have additional naming opportunities.
Checks made out to Brattleboro Rec & Parks/BASIC can be mailed to P.O. Box 513, Brattleboro, VT 05302 or donate through PayPal on our website.
The Brattleboro Skate park is back in action! We felt unprecedented support from the Brattleboro town select board last night. Not only did they vote unanimously, but they offered support toward the feasibility studies. Everybody had an opportunity to be heard and there was a transparent, comprehensive site selection process.
The site selected was the lower, northeast corner of Living Memorial Park. Public feedback and the consensus of BASIC is that Memorial Park overwhelmingly is the most sensible spot. After all, it is a 66 acre park designated for recreation. The Memorial Park location offers the following:
- A multi use recreationally zoned area
- Bathroom facilities
- Easy access and parking
- Great neighborhood
Our next step is to conduct the feasibility study, which is to determine if the properties infrastructure is suitable for a skate park.
BASIC embodies the motivation and commitment characteristic of skateboarding itself. Now, we are going full speed ahead into fundraising. We are dedicated to seeing this skate park project through to completion!
BASIC, will host the third annual Go Skateboarding Day on June 21st at the Crowell Lot from 2 to 5 PM. A part of the international celebration of skateboarding held Worldwide on that day, the event will feature open skate time, competitions, prizes, activity tables, an exhibit of vintage skate gear, and more. All are welcome to join in the fun or just come to observe. BASIC will also announce the winner of the BASIC t-shirt design contest. Press this link to download this year’s poster, and in Purple, Red, and Green.
Thanks to Pete over at Mondo Media Works for making this year’s poster.
BASIC presents the Crowell Lot Skatepark T-Shirt Contest. Be the proud designer of THE t-shirt that BASIC will use to promote and fund raise for the skatepark. Designs can be up to three colors (one color needs to be black) and promote the skatepark at the Crowell Lot. Submissions must be made by Friday June 15th (2012). The winner of the contest will be announced at the Third Annual Go Skateboarding Day on June 21 at the Crowell Lot.
You can use this t-shirt template to see what your design looks like on a shirt. T-shirt Template
Designs can be sent via pdf file to our email address - email@example.com, or by mailing a printout to:
PO Box 513
Brattleboro, VT 05301
BASIC will host the First Annual Clean Up the Park day tomorrow, Saturday, between 10 AM and Noon. We will provide the tools. We’ll even be painting the rusty old swings! Join us.
Skaters for Public Skateparks has published the results of their 2011 USA Skateboarding Fatalities Report. The US saw one skateboard death in a skatepark last year. The skater was not wearing a helmet. The US averages 40 football related deaths annually. Yet, over ten million American kids skateboard, versus 7.5 million who play scholastic football. BTW, there were 30 skateboard deaths in the US last year involving a car, thus illustrating the need for a safe legal place for kids to skate.
2011 USA Skateboarding Fatalities Report
In 2009, the Tony Hawk Foundation conducted a comprehensive study of the reaction local police department personnel had to the addition of a skatepark in their community. The responses to the study by the police were overwhelmingly positive, with over 90% of the officers stating that the addition of a skatepark was an improvement to their community from a policing perspective.