In late fall/early winter of 2019, through connections made with skaters, bikers, scooter users, other municipalities and those in the recreation and skating community, the Town consulted Pillar Design Studios, a nationally-known action-sports design/build firm. Pillar Design Studios is recognized for creating facilities that offer distinctive site-specific designs, that are sensitive to both the client's wants and user's needs, creating aesthetically pleasing parks that all community members can enjoy.
Pillar created three concept designs (A, B and C) for improvements to the skatepark in its current location and was set to meet with the public in March of 2020 to solicit feedback on those designs. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic that meeting was cancelled and discussions were temporarily put on hold.
On June 30, 2020 a public meeting was held via Zoom where park users provided feedback and suggestions after discussing Design Concepts A-C. Based on input from this meeting, a final Design Concept has been presented by Pillar, shown below.This final design incorporates the current asphalt surface with several new features, as well as adds a new concrete section to the park. A Master Plan has also been designed showing options for future development.
Master Plan Design showing Phase I (in gray) and options for expansion (shown in red and blue)
In August 2020, site evaluation measures took place in preparation for creating construction documents in anticipation of publishing an RFQ for the build portion of the project. This work included digging test pits to determine the soils on site.
In April of 2021 an RFQ was posted to solicit skatepark specialty construction firms to submit proposals that would meet the specific needs of the project. Bids closed on April 29, 2021 and scoring will take place the week of May 3, 2021. Bid results and an award recommendation was presented to the Select Board on June 8, 2021. Based on scoring criteria, of the submittals received, Artisan Skateparks scored the highest and the Select Board authorized the Town Manager to enter into a contract with Artisan. Construction of the park is slated for Spring 2022.
The Town is still actively looking for additional funding sources which would allow for an enhanced park and additional phases of the proposal to be included. Anyone interested in contributing to this effort or with fundraising ideas in encouraged to contact us!