Brattleboro Skatepark is set in concrete! REALLY!

After six long years of hard work, BASIC (the town committee working to build a skatepark in Brattleboro, VT) has received all permits to begin the final design and construction. This approval means that there are no more regulatory hurdles to jump, no more hoops to go thru – we have cleared ALL the requirements necessary to begin construction. We can put the shovels in the ground! Construction time is estimated as a matter of months!

One overriding hurdle remains… We need the remaining money to build the Skatepark!

$133,000 is still needed to reach our design and construction goal of $230,000.

The link below takes you to the video on our YouCaring page which explains our story and past hurdles. Please support Brattleboro’s skating youth and donate today!

Donation tier:

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 360 Flip Club will have their name listed on permanent plaques at the skatepark. Members of the Frontside Air Club will have additional naming opportunities.

**Notice to Skatepark Supporters**  Please be advised that the Giving Tier originally labeled 720 Club has changed to 360 Flip Club. Some of our recent paperwork has been inadvertently mailed out with the Club name corrected in some places but not all. All donations given under the 720 Club Tier, both current and previous, will be recognized under the 360 Flip Club Tier. Please accept our apologies for this oversight.



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BASIC Fundraising Event


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BASIC Travel Mugs Are Here!

Keep warm these cold fall nights with hot coffee/hot chocolate in a BASIC travel mug… coffee & pie not included

All profits go to support the design & construction of Brattleboro’s new skatepark.
$20 each, available at the Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department or contact Jeff or Melissa Clark (802-387-5837) Thank you for your support!


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New Location For Brattleboro’s Skatepark!

**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.

Giving Tiers:

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.

Thank You!

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Major Air!


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Skate Park Back in Action! Unanimous!

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!


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Go Skateboarding Day 2012

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.

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Dining For a Cause

BASIC, is hosting “Dining for a Cause” at the 99 Restaurant in Brattleboro on Wednesday, June 27th from 5 to 10 PM.  By taking part in this event, 15% of the price of your meal will go directly to funding the new skatepark. But first, you MUST obtain a voucher by clicking here, or by picking one up from the Rec and Parks office on Main St.  See you there.
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BASIC T-Shirt Contest

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 -, or by mailing a printout to:

PO Box 513
Brattleboro, VT 05301

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