Brattleboro skatepark committee visits sites

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BRATTLEBORO -- The Skatepark Site Selection Committee held its first site visits Thursday.

Committee members went to the public park at the end of Elliot Street, and then to the parking lot at the corner of Elm and Flat streets.

The committee spent about 15 minutes at each site.

The committee members have developed a list of criteria, with each aspect receiving a point total from one to five. Each committee member will rate each site and then the total points from all seven members will be added up.

The sites that receive the highest totals will be passed on the Selectboard for final approval.

The committee members did not share their total scores Thursday, but will instead wait until all eight sites are visited before sharing the scores.

The next visit is planned for Wednesday, April 16, when the committee will meet at the Brattleboro Area Middle School parking lot at 5:15 p.m. to look at potential sites on the BAMS/BUHS campus, before going over to Fort Dummer Field.

The committee will then visit possible locations near the Brattleboro Outing Club on Cedar Street at 5:45 p.m., and then on to the Brattleboro Common for a final visit.

During the last site visit the committee will go to Living Memorial Park and then Crowell Lot.

The committee has chosen eight different locations to visit as it works toward a June 1 deadline for presenting the Selectboard with recommendations for the location of a new 6,500-square-foot skatepark.

The Selectboard appointed the seven-member committee to find the best location for a skatepark after skatepark supporters lost their permit to build the park at the Crowell Lot because they did not start construction before the three-year limit called for in the permit.

If the Selectboard approves one of the locations the park will be built without any town money.

Supporters have promised to raise all of the money needed to build the park.

Howard Weiss-Tisman can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 279, or hwtisman@reformer.com. Follow Howard on Twitter @HowardReformer.


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