The Clay Community Skatepark Committee (CCSC) recently received a $5,000 grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation to support the construction of a skatepark in Brazil.
CCSC was one of 73 applicants applying for one of the grants and were one of only 22 awarded during this term.
The money, according to CCSC officials, will be applied to the construction of a concrete pad, which the 28 pieces of pre-cast concrete equipment previously purchased by the organization, will be installed.
Movement of the equipment involves a 15-ton crane and large flatbed trailers provided by local area businesses supporting the skatepark project at a reduced rate.
Site selection is still being considered with the primary criteria set on safety, visibility, accessibility, and parking to accommodate parents and visitors from the surrounding area.
It must also be owned by the City of Brazil (with a 501(c)(3) exemption) to have the Extreme Sports Law liability immunity with signage at the entrance of the skatepark stating the rules of the skatepark and disclaiming a skate at-your-own-risk policy.
The committee is still in need of funding for the balance of the concrete pad and a 100-by-120-by-8-foot fence to surround the skatepark.
The committee's continuing efforts to raise the remaining money involve decisions from two grant sponsors and fundraisers; one at Pizza Hut on the second Friday of each month and car washes at Advance Auto.
Those interested in donating money to the skatepark are encouraged to send them to the Clay Community Parks Association, Attn: Clay Community Skatepark, PO Box 308, Brazil, Ind., 47834.