Helping clients find funding for skatepark projects

September 7, 2016

Successful strategies discussed during our September 27th webinar


From years of experience dealing with skatepark projects, I know that funding levels don’t always match up with levels of enthusiasm. Every time I meet with community members on a new skatepark project, I get asked these questions:

  • How can we get the funding we need to get our project built?
  • We have some of the funding for our skatepark project but how do we get the rest?
  • Who do we reach out to for donations to our project?
  • Are there any grants that might be available for our skatepark project?
  • How do we get the community to support our project and help with fundraising?

My team and I know that an important part of our role is to point clients in the right direction and give them the tools they need to secure adequate funding. Indeed, these efforts begin before groundbreaking day and continue right on through design, and even construction of successful skatepark programs. 



Be seen. Be heard

We’ve assisted clients in cities and towns all over the country. For example, in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, we held a luncheon presentation for potential investors and donors. There we showcased the project vision and our conceptual designs, as well as examples of other successful skatepark projects funded, in part, from outside sources. These programs brought considerable positive attention to the project and led to several local businesses to donate. In return, they received name recognition on some of the skate elements and entry donor wall. 



For the Lynch Family Skatepark in Boston, Massachusetts, we put together several schematic design presentations for potential skatepark sponsors, including Vans Shoes and Converse shoes. The client was seeking financial support and, as importantly, sought a title sponsor who was aligned with the vision of the local skateboarding community. In the end Vans was selected, and donated the crucial $1.5 million dollars to complete the $2.8 million dollar project. The Lynch Family Skatepark opened to rave reviews in Fall 2015.



Webinar on funding strategies
On September 27th at 2pm ET, I will join a panel of skatepark advocates to present a webinar on how to find and secure funding for this important community resource. We’ll be sharing:

  • The value that skateparks bring to a community
  • Examples from other successfully funded skatepark projects
  • Funding sources you may not have thought about
  • The importance of your visual message
  • Building a social media buzz
  • Preview of a new fundraising tool kit for skateparks developed by Stantec’s grant writer Meredith Noble

Please join us for the September 27 webinar at 2pm ET, followed by a live Q&A session.

Here’s a look at our Panel:

  • Patrick Hasburgh and Tariq Saqqaf  - Madison, WI, Skatepark Fund
  • Keith “K-Dub” Williams - Town Park Skatepark, Oakland, CA
  • Sarah Anderson - Nyack, NY Skatepark
  • Peter Whitley -  Tony Hawk Foundation
  • Meredith Noble -  Grant writing/funding Specialist, Stantec
  • Kanten Russell -  Project Manager, Stantec’s Action Sports Group
  • Mike McIntyre – Principal, Stantec Action Sports Group


Obtain Professional Development Credits!

This webinar is worth 1 credit hour for AICP Continuing Maintenance, and is registered with the American Planning Association as event #9111386. Login to your APA account to apply the credits.

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