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Middlebury Skatepark Project

Town of Middlebury, Addison County, VT

Middlebury is a destination for culture, shopping, and recreation. For outdoor enthusiasts, opportunities for hiking, biking, golf, kayaking, fly fishing, bird watching, alpine and cross-country skiing are major attractions. However, current recreational options have fallen short in providing options for people of all levels of ability. Underrepresented populations such as those who use a mobility device or a wheelchair do not have access to one of the community’s budding assets, Middlebury Skatepark located in Recreation Park. The mission of the Middlebury Skatepark Project is to develop an inclusive contemporary skatepark located in the heart of Middlebury. This facility will provide a clean, safe, and fun environment for all wheeled sports and expand and enhance outdoor recreation in Addison County.

Project Goals Statement: 

The goal of the project was to create an age-friendly, contemporary, accessible skatepark open to all regardless of the level of ability including various wheeled disciplines. Enhancing people’s ability to walk and bike to Middlebury Skatepark for recreation in Middlebury will forge connections between health equity, youth activity, a community space for socializing, and diverse partnerships.

Partner Organization:
Town of Middlebury
Middlebury Skatepark Project

Health Assessment Outcome:

The Middlebury SkatePark Community Health Equity Assessment collected input from community members on their top contributors to health, health issues, and health behaviors. The survey also assessed community members’ Recreation Park usage and interest and preference for programs and amenities for a newly designed skatepark. and factors that would increase park usage.

 

Top 5 Most Important Factors for a Healthy Community

  • Affordable and safe housing
  • Low crime/safe neighborhoods
  • Good schools
  • Parks and recreation
  • Access to health care (e.g., family doctor)

 

Top 5 Most Important Health Problem in the Community

  • Mental health
  • Lack of health insurance
  • Domestic violence
  • Child neglect/abuse
  • Cancers

 

Top 5 Most Important Behaviors That Impact Overall Health

  • Substance abuse/ Drug abuse
  • Lack of exercise
  • Poor eating habits
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Racism

 

Top Recreation Park (RP) Activities (prior 6 months)

  • Walking or biking for recreation/ exercise
  • Taking children to the playground
  • Informal sports practice (alone)
  • Organized sports games or practices
  • Informal sports practice (with others

 

Top 5 Skatepark Program Requests

  • Summer/ school break camps*
  • After-school programs*
  • Single-day or pop-up clinics*
  • Programs or meet-ups that reach marginalized communities
  • School/ P.E. programs

*tied for top choice

Top Skatepark Amenity Requests

  • Water fountain / Water filling station
  • Shade Structure
  • Connecting paths to other Recreation Park facilities/amenities
  • Seating, spectator area

Technical Assistance:

  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Outreach and Engagement
  • Streetscape Design Support
  • Planning and Programming Resources
  • Marketing and Communications Resources
  • Fundraising and Grant Resources

Technical Assistance Outcome:

During the technical assistance pilot, partners from the Town of Middlebury and the Middlebury Skatepark underwent an organizational assessment and disseminated a tailored community health equity assessment. Results and recommendations from both assessments informed the rendering of a conceptual skatepark design (see below). Additionally, project partners were provided resources to support fundraising or capital campaign planning, as well as developing communication materials to help spread awareness of the skatepark to increase support of its development and utilization once the park enhancements have been made.

Town of Middlebury, VT

Demographics

Census Population

  • 2022: 9,158
  • 2020: 9,152
  • 2010: 8,496

There’s an increase of 7.8% from 2010 to 2021.

Age Profile

  • 0-14: 10.6%
  • 15-64: 69.8%
  • 65+: 19.6%
  • 28.6 – Median age

(Resource: 2021 ACS 5-Year Estimates)

1-Year Mobility (Residents that have moved within the previous year): 22.6%

5-Year Mobility (Residents that have moved within the previous 5 years): 120.4%

(Resource: ACS 5-Year Estimates from 2017 to 2021)

Population by Sex:

  • Male 48.8%
  • Female 51.2%

(Resource: 2021 ACS 5-Year Estimates)