Brattleboro skatepark committee plans video, crowdfunding


BRATTLEBORO — While waiting on approval of an Act 250 permit amendment for the Living Memorial Park site, the Brattleboro Area Skatepark Is Coming Committee is getting ready to launch a crowdfunding website with a film production to complement it.

"(Mondo Mediaworks) edited a rough cut of the video. The interview footage edited together is just awesome," said Spencer Crispe, committee member, referring to the Brattleboro-based marketing agency which employs a few skaters. "I think it hits all points of the story."

Plans to film young local skateboarders were made during Thursday's committee meeting.

The video, Crispe said, will be used as a "companion piece" of a account that has yet to be created. He said the three-minute clip will show the odyssey of the many years trying to establish a skatepark in town. Also, it will track the committee's progress.

More information about the project and fundraising efforts can be found at

Mondo Mediaworks is producing the video free of charge. The normal fee for such a project is about $3,000, according to Crispe.

"We can't be more grateful," he said. "We're going to try and garner support from the Internet community. In Brattleboro, the issue is it's the same entities, same suspects, asked all the time."

The video is not expected to be released for a few months, said Crispe. He said he believes it will help bring in donations from people who have sympathy for all the efforts.

"People all over the U.S. will think, 'How asinine is it that Brattleboro doesn't have a skatepark?'" Crispe said. "So many people come up and say, 'We need a skatepark.' We're the exact kind of community that needs a skatepark. I think the video's going to speak to many people."

He expected to have all the necessary footage by Tuesday.

Committee members are hoping to see the finished product at next month's meeting. They're also hopeful about a $230,000 grant application submitted to ArtPlace America, connecting art to the skatepark's design.

The site, approved by the Select Board and Development Review Board, is awaiting approval from the state on the Act 250 permit. It will be located on the hill at Living Memorial Park. A fenced-in dog park will be built on the opposite side of the road. Parking will accommodate six to eight vehicles.

"BASIC will work closely with Brattleboro Snow Sports to minimize any intrusion on the skiing and sliding hill," the committee stated on its website, referring to the group running winter operations at Living Memorial Park. "We will also work closely with the town, the town's insurance carrier and property abutters to ensure a safe and beautiful park for all to enjoy."

Contact Chris Mays at or 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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