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Committee making final push for donations

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The lot located at 611 W. Jackson St., Brazil, has been designated as the future site of the Clay Community Skatepark. [Order this photo]
The Clay Community Skatepark Committee is making its final push for donations.

The committee has set up a "Bricks for Bucks" campaign and is seeking interested participants.

"We're trying to finish the skatepark," Committee spokesperson Roberta Weliever told The Brazil Times. "We figured the only way we're going to do this is by sending out information to people in the community."

Weliever said the "Bricks for Bucks" would be constructed as a "Wall of Donors" of commemorative lettered 4-by-8 brick pavers at the Victory Level and 8-by-8 brick pavers at the Champion Level.

A donation of $200 will provide a 4-by-8 commemorative brick pavers while a donation of $500 will provide an 8-by-8 brick pavers.

A donation of $1,000 will provide both a 4-by-8 and 8-by-8 brick pavers that will be part of a design surrounded by a Gold Medal Level stone. Weliever said 13 names, organizations and company names have already confirmed to be placed in the Gold Medal Level Stone. The final design and size of the stone with names will be determined by how many donors are received at that level.

Inscriptions will be engraved in the center of the brick. At the "Victory Level," participants will be provided three lines of which to place information, allowing up to 13 characters per line. At the "Champion Level," participants will be provided four lines of which to place information, allowing for 12 characters per line.

"This is the start of the final push (for donations)," Weliever said. "Our goal was to have (donations) sometime this season, either summer or fall. The goal is to have (the skatepark) completed by the end of the year."

Weliever said she intends to go door-to-door around the community asking for donations.

The "Wall of Donors," will be constructed at the skatepark location, located at 611 W. Jackson St., a lot the City of Brazil purchased during a tax sale and has allowed the skatepark to be constructed on.

Currently, the committee still needs approximately $23,000 to complete the construction of the skatepark, including a concrete pad for equipment, fencing and signage for the park. The committee also needs an additional $23,000 to pay off a personal loan it purchased to buy the equipment for the skatepark.

The committee has been working hand-in-hand with the Clay Community Parks Association, Inc., which is handling all funds for the skatepark. Weliever said all money for the park "filters" into the parks association in a specific account for the skatepark committee.

"We have had several organizations say they are donating money," Weliever said. "Everything has been sitting in the bank. We won't use it until we have enough."

While donations have hit a lull at this point, Weliever believes they will pick up.

"We're just trying to get something going," she said. "This will let people know we're getting stuff done. I have lots and lots of people that are for the skatepark. One gentleman approached me recently saying, 'What can we do to help?' A lot of people I know think it's a good project.

"We just need to get a big push out there. A lot of people are still asking are you still doing the skatepark. There's a lot of interest in it."

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Well lets start out with a negative attitude to begin with huntingtime26.... I say that if there is a need for more money then let's get the kids involved and maybe it will make them take m ore pride. I for one would be willing to help seeing how I have 2 teenagers. First they could take collections on the street corners like many others do. Next we can set up donation areas like in front of Walmart and any other business that will allow it. Give these kids somewhere to go and something to do and it might do them some good. Give kids positive ambition and a way to help out and everyone may be surprised.

-- Posted by purehonesty on Mon, Jul 25, 2011, at 8:37 AM

Great project! this will definitely give the kids something to do-which is great. But, $200 is a lot of money!

-- Posted by millertime on Mon, Jul 25, 2011, at 9:13 AM

amen huntingtime26 go look at terre haute and look at the skate park looks like trash.and again why did we get the danviile equipment so cheap it caused nothing but problems.the reason the money is so hard to raise only about 2% of the people want this in the first place.good luck city police.

-- Posted by GO HOOSIERS on Mon, Jul 25, 2011, at 9:50 AM

Come on GOHOOSIERS, the element you are

worried about is already here. Brazil isn't Walton's Mountain.

-- Posted by patriotgames on Mon, Jul 25, 2011, at 11:53 AM

I can only hope that an adult HAS to be present while kids are there. If a kid/teen wants to go...the parent or another "superior" goes with them. This will cut down on any trouble that could possibly happen (graffitti, underage smoking, vulgar language, etc). I think that this could be a great development as long as it's kept a close on eye. This isn't something that needs to be yet another babysitter for some parents to send their children off to, so that they are out of the parents' hair.

If the developers (or whoever) are really and truly smart about this....it will be "NO ADMITTANCE w/out a parent or 'of age' chaperon (sp)! = )

-- Posted by JQuick on Mon, Jul 25, 2011, at 1:24 PM

Go Hoosiers, you are way off. Some skateparks do let the public paint graffiti on skateboard equipment. They have a day where you can paint but only if it is tasteful and artistic. Go to the Major Taylor Skatepark in Indianapolis and view their graffiti clad equipment. Also, Go Hoosiers, The skatepark in Danville did not close because of vandalism. The local skaters did not vandalize nor did the outside influence from Indianapolis. The skatepark closed because of where it was located. It was built on a site that was in the most isolated corner of the Danville Park on a hill and surrounded on two sides by trees. The local skaters were devastated by the closure. Young disruptive adults from Indianapolis who were NOT skaters decided the skatepark was a good place of them to congregate and cause trouble. Park officials had enough of the unwelcome "trouble" and closed the skatepark and offered it for sale on the internet. A park official said that this would not have happened if the skatepark had been located in the middle of the park where the rest of the park activities were taking place. Several board members wanted the park in a more favorable spot, but it was built where "the skaters wouldn't bother anyone." The Danville Skatepark site was isolated. The Public skatepark Development Guide written by Peter Whitley and published in 2007 by the International Association of Skateboard Companies, Skaters For Public Skateparks, and the Tony Hawk Foundation wrote on page 86 of the guide," Locating skateparks in plain view of the greater community produces many discouragements to deviant or unwanted behavior. As most metropolitan areas understand,*-healthy activities displace unwanted visitors. A skatepark will stand a much greater chance of being a healthy and positive environment if it is integrated with the general public instead of relegated to a place where it will be "out of sight, out of mind."

The site the city of Brazil designated for the Clay Community Skatepark is a perfect site. It is on the corner of Jackson and Wesley Church Streets, just a short block from U.S. 40. It is easily viewed by anyone passing by. It will be a site where the local public will enjoy watching the skateboarding activities. There will be no extra room in the skatepark for non skaters to "hang around". Thank you Brazil City Council for your commitment to this project!

-- Posted by Skatepark Advocate on Mon, Jul 25, 2011, at 3:20 PM

In answer to JQuick----The state of Indiana as well as the other states in our wonderful country have an Extreme Sports Law. This law in short states that if there is signage at the entrance of the skating facility stating the rules of the skatepark then skaters skate at their own risk. In this way the city of Brazil and the State of Indiana can not be sued if a skater is hurt. If a paid employee is on hand daily then the skatepark can be sued. That is why all extreme sports including skateboarding are enjoyed with a "do it at your own risk" clause. Go to: www.state.in.us/legislative/bills/2001/S... to see the Senate Enrolled Act No. 141.

-- Posted by Skatepark Advocate on Mon, Jul 25, 2011, at 3:23 PM

In Mooresville, NC near where I live, the skatepark is directly across from the police station. One of the best ideas ever. I skated some of the Danville ramps a long time ago and can't wait to skate them again in Brazil. In my time in Brazil, skateboarding actually kept most of us skateboarders off drugs. It gave us something to do. Skateboarders will respect the skatepark... but there will still be trash that hangs around to disrespect it, just like any other park in the world. How do I donate from Charlotte, NC?

-- Posted by benjilewis on Tue, Jul 26, 2011, at 11:21 AM

Benjilewis, thanks for the interest in the clay Community Skatepark. I appreciated your comments. Donations may be sent to the Clay Community Parks Assoc., Inc., P.O. Box 308, Brazil, IN 47834. The Clay Community Parks Assoc., Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) and all gifts are tax deductible. Thank you.

-- Posted by Skatepark Advocate on Mon, Aug 29, 2011, at 10:45 PM

Benjilewis, thanks for the interest in the clay Community Skatepark. I appreciated your comments. Donations may be sent to the Clay Community Parks Assoc., Inc., P.O. Box 308, Brazil, IN 47834. The Clay Community Parks Assoc., Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) and all gifts are tax deductible. Thank you.

-- Posted by Skatepark Advocate on Mon, Aug 29, 2011, at 10:54 PM

Benjilewis, I did not mention that the envelope and check should also say Attn. Clay Community Skatepark.

-- Posted by Skatepark Advocate on Mon, Aug 29, 2011, at 10:57 PM

I for one am very excited that we are going to have a skate park in Brazil. This is long overdue, and is great for the kids. There is so little in Brazil for the kids to do.

-- Posted by johnny 1173 on Sun, Sep 11, 2011, at 9:54 AM

Bikes will be allowed at the skate park right. Skate parks are designed equally for skaters and bmx'ers. Every skate park I have ever been to had just as many bikes as boards. This is a good thing.

-- Posted by johnny 1173 on Sun, Sep 11, 2011, at 10:02 AM

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