Opportunity is knocking on the door of the Clay Community Skatepark Committee, but they need help from local residents to see it happen.
"It's a once-in-a-lifetime deal," Skatepark Coordinator Roberta Weliever told The Brazil Times Monday. "The skatepark in Danville (Ind.), is closing and they are selling all the equipment, a total of 28 elements except the concrete base, for $35,835. It's in perfect shape."
Purchasing the equipment would cut the estimated cost of developing a local skatepark at Craig Park from $250,000 to about $85,000. The group has collected $6,000 in donations with an additional $5,000 committed to the project and many other promises of funds to come from area businesses and potential grants.
At first, Weliever believed there was time to collect the additional funds during several fundraising events scheduled over the next few months. However, when 14 other parks showed an interest in purchasing the equipment, time became a problem.
"To get the equipment, we have to have all the money on Friday (March 27)," Weliever said. "I've been out all morning touching base with local businesses, who have been so good to us already, but we need more. Neither the City of Brazil nor the parks department has enough funds to help build a skatepark. That's why I'm asking local residents for help. This is a chance of a lifetime for citizens of Brazil. An offer like this isn't going to happen again."
For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation, contact Skatepark Coordinator Roberta Weliever by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 443-0611.
Tax-deductible donations for the Craig Park Skatepark can be sent to Clay Community Parks Association, Attention Clay Community Skatepark, P.O. Box 308, Brazil, Ind., 47834.