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We’re excited to share some updates with you about our new adaptive sports facility at Mt. Ellen at Sugarbush. We have successfully overcome challenges of permitting and have several in hand. A few final adjustments remain with the Agency of Natural Resources and the fire safety division. We’re on our way for the complete line up of permit approval, most likely within the month, and we are hopeful we may be able to break ground in June.
This process has not been for the faint of heart. Our initial permit applications had to be updated and resubmitted following the sale of Sugarbush to Alterra Mountain Company. We have since been orchestrating permit approval during a time of state stay-at-home orders from Governor Scott, social distancing, and more. We have just about $500,000 left to raise in individual and in-kind donations. We are optimistic that we can meet this goal with your help.
“We’re in the final stages of our fundraising and we’re not letting COVID-19 slow us down,” said Erin Fernandez, executive director at Vermont Adaptive. “We are ready to move forward as soon as the State allows. This project will help put Vermonters back to work. Plus, we serve a vulnerable population that has been uniquely affected by the current stay-at-home orders. When physical distancing orders are lifted, people will need to get out and recreate more than ever so we anticipate an increase in our program participants, too. This new facility will help us meet that demand. ”
Plans for the Sugarbush facility were designed by Jeff Dunham Architecture. Naylor and Breen Builders is the general contractor for the project, the same company that built the facility at Pico. In addition to donations from individuals, we’re seeking in-kind support in the form of building materials and more.
“Home Sweet Home” has never rung truer. During these difficult times, we are tremendously grateful for the continued support of our community of volunteers, athletes, sponsors, and donors. For more than 30 years we have been a national leader in empowering people of all abilities through inclusive sports and recreational programming. We’re used to adapting and there is one thing we know for sure – our mission is one of perpetuity. There will be more seasons of skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, biking, and paddling.
To donate or inquire about naming opportunities, contact Jenn Rand at 802.786.4991 ext. 30 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the new adaptive sports facility at Sugarbush, visit www.vermontadaptive.org/sugarbushfacility