The number one question we receive here at Pillar is how can we get a Skatepark in our community. Though this task is not a simple one and it does not happen overnight, below are a few key steps that will help you stay on track and make the process a little easier.
#1 – Form A Committee
This group of individuals is very important; they will be promoting the Skatepark, meeting with City officials and ultimately the driving force for the project. Make sure you include committed individuals that are in for the long haul. Your committee should include not only skateboarders but also parents, local business owners and community members interested in the project.
#2 – Get Your Local Government Involved
Whether it be at a local Council Meeting or a one on one meeting with your Parks Department, let them know your need and want for a Skatepark. Getting your local Government involved almost always speeds up the process.
#3 –Advocacy and Fundraising
Get your community involved and excited about your project. Begin discussing the project to local Businesses and Community members. You can spread the word through demos, fundraising events and local gatherings. Gain as much support as you can, have a signed petition for the Skatepark, encourage everyone for the Skatepark to attend your local Council Meetings and let your Parks and Recreation Department hear your need.
Though the majority of your funds will come from your local Government and grant opportunities, any additional funds you are able to raise is a plus. This shows your local Government you are dedicated to the project and happy to help in any way you can.
Once your local Government is on board and there are funds allocated for the project, the next step is to hire a Skatepark specialist to help formulate your idea into a plausible Skatepark. They will take many factors into account such as size, site location, funding, type of Skatepark needed and begin the planning phase. Whether you decided to go Design bid Build or Design/Build is dependent on your process and what is the best fit for your community but it is important to always have a Skatepark specialist involved in the planning, designing and construction of a project such as this.
#5 – Skatepark Opening
Finally your dream is a reality, your Skatepark is about to be open and all your hard work will pay off. The Grand Opening can be as simple as a small ribbon cutting ceremony, to a large event with Skate demos and vendors. The important part is to spread the word and get out there and Skate.
If you have any questions regarding the Skatepark process or how you can get a Skatepark in your community feel free to contact me at email@example.com.