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ON THE BURLINGTON WATERFRONT TODAY — BORROWED SPACE
For 15 years, the Community Sailing Center in Burlington has been a devoted partner to Vermont Adaptive, providing a space for an administrative desk, shared storage and access to the lake and bike path. From this spot, Vermont Adaptive offers more than 300 sailing, paddling and cycling lessons every summer. However, we have outgrown this shared and borrowed space.
Challenges now include lack of facility and classroom space, lack of storage space for our ever-growing fleet of bikes, boats and equipment and a need for ADA-compliant rooms to grow programs with an eye on the future needs of the people in Northwest Vermont.
Vision For The Future
The new Permanent Home in Burlington will be Vermont Adaptive’s year-round office and facility for northern Vermont and the hub of year-round adaptive sport programs in the northern part of the state. Approximately 2,000 sq. ft. of total indoor space is necessary to meet current demand with additional shared outdoor space on the waterfront plus shared storage. Programs based at the new facility will include: cycling, sailing, paddling, rock climbing, Nordic skiing, Veterans Programs, C.O.R.E. Connections, EcoAble Adventures and special events. To meet existing programming needs,
immediate access to the Burlington Bike Path and the Waterfront are required, as are facilities like parking and accessible bathrooms.
Having space that is warm and efficient in the winter while being convertible to inside/outside space to welcome a bigger audience in the summer is ideal. Our greatest goal is to be located near and around other community programs and activities, increasing the social and recreational contact and inclusion for people with disabilities and the community at large.