Burlington has had a waterfront Skatepark for 10 years. When it was created 10 years ago, the materials were the standard at that time. However, these materials have experienced heavy use as well as Vermont weather, making the current structures of the skate park unsuitable for continued use. Concrete has become the new standard for skate parks due to durability, reduced maintenance costs, ability to provide dynamic features and the smooth continuity of a seamless park that other materials cannot provide.
An extensive public process identified the need for larger and contemporary facility for the area’s many skateboarders. The construction of this facility will increase the opportunities for programming through the Burlington Parks and Recreation department to reach a wide demographic that includes programs for the inexperienced and experienced, the young, girls, at risk youth, and the general public. Skateboarding is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and the construction of a facility like this will attract enthusiasts from near and far. This new skate park will be designed to serve the needs of the current skateboard and BMX bike population as well as generations to come.
The new design for the skate park has been completed by a professional skate park design and construction firm Grindline Skateparks, Inc. Grindline has designed and built over 60 skate parks in all corners of the country as well as Canada and Japan. You can view a presentation on the new skate park and see the designs here .
The Skatepark is an existing park facility which is being replaced. The Board of Finance sponsored the resolution approving FY 12 Penny for Parks Capital projects that was unanimously supported by the City Council. The Skatepark was one of 16 specific projects that received appropriations from the FY 12 Penny for Parks Capital projects budget in the amount of $150,000. You can view the resolution here. An active Burlington Skatepark Coalition is involved with the project. You can view an update on their activities presented to the Parks, Arts and Culture Committee of the City Council here. To find out more about the community's efforts to build a new skate park, check out Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Burlington-VT-Skatepark-Redevelopment/117886231576123.