Carrabassett Valley Academy, ME: (April 25, 2001) The town of CarrabassettValley and Carrabassett Valley Academy are pleased to announce the openopening of the new 20,000 square foot Antigravity Complex. Located at thefoot of Sugarloaf/USA this new recreation facility is home tostate-of-the-art dry land training equipment. The features of the buildinginclude Maine’s largest indoor skate bowl with one of the most aggressivestreet park designs currently constructed in New England. The land that thefacility sits on was donated by the American Ski Company and will alsofeature trampolines with harness rigging, an indoor rock climbing wall, anda multipurpose court with running track along with weight training andaerobic facilities.

This facility is a unique partnership between the town of CarrabassettValley and Carrabassett Valley Academy. The academy approached the town a year ago and pitched the idea to partner with them in this project. Theproject was approved after a referendum vote in June of last year with the school and town each contributing $600,000 to the 1.2 million dollar project. The Deupree and Fisher family foundation provided a bulk of the seed money that started the project, and the town allocated the $600,000 from their recreation fund. “Each party involved is getting a building forhalf the price of what was initially invested” stated the academy’sheadmaster John Ritzo. “It’s really a win/win for both the town and theschool. From a world class athlete to a private citizen who just wants todo a simple workout, this recreation center has it all, ” Ritzo explained.Deb Bowker is the recreation director for the complex and town ofCarrabassett Valley. “I had always wanted Carrabassett Valley to have arecreation facility. Many years ago I said if that if it were to ever cometo fruition I would want to in some way be involved. I was hired as thedirector back in December and I am very excited about the many possibilitiesfor after-school programs and fitness classes etc, it really does have alittle something for everyone,” Bowker explained.

A new skate surface called “tough-stuff” covers the ramps and transitions inthe skate park allowing skateboarders to attack new maneuvers and tricks. For snowboarders this feature will be essential indeveloping confidence for on-the-snow training and development. Thetrampolines with the bungee harness rigging will allow freestyle competitorsto work on gymnastic aerial tactics and then apply what they learn on thesnow at Sugarloaf/USA. For those who would rather keep their feet on theground this recreation complex has a multipurpose court that can betransformed into a basketball, volleyball or tennis court. Weight trainingand aerobic facilities including life cycles, tread mills, free weights andother equipment are available.

For information about classes and user fee’splease contact the town office at 207-235-2645. For updates and photos ofthe Antigravity Complex log onto the academy’s website at