Les Montgomery and Susan Avery both had recent LTEs in the Reformer about the proposed skateboard park at the Crowell location, and cited several reasons to explore an alternate site.
Ms. Avery further suggested that no alternate site solution had been offered. She went on to say: “Neighbors of the Crowell Lot and concerned citizens of our town must continue to collaborate in working toward finding alternate locations for this activity. We need a better place; better yet, we need to come together for a “win-win” resolution.”
Here’s my suggestion:
This is a photo of Living Memorial Park oriented so that Guilford Street runs straight up and down in the center of the picture. You can clearly see the ball diamond, and if you look close, you can discern the outline of the outfield fence. Below that it’s all hill, with the ski area on the left. To the right of that, you can see a row of trees along Guilford Street. It’s not totally flat at that location, but an afternoon’s work with the right equipment would configure as much of it as necessary into whatever degree of flatness needed to provide an ideal setting for Brattleboro’s new Skateboard park.
The Crowell lot is a horrible place for what otherwise be a great project. The selectboard and BASIC made a big mistake in approving the Crowell location. However, no shovel has yet been turned, so It’s not too late to rectify the situation.
This location has a lot more going for it than Crowell (Convenient central location, parking, bathrooms, transportation, visibility, and above all, it’s not next to “suicide hill: (AKA Union Street).
There must be more suggestions out there.