Posted: Jan 22, 2010 3:23 pm
Sorry, I am in Seattle, but I am involved with Skate Park Advocacy here. I won't bore you with the amount of parks meetings I have had to sit through in the last 6 years. Yawn city...
If you can join this group. They have a forum. http://www.skatepark.org/
This area helps with sample letters (and TONS of information)http://www.skatepark.org/public-skatepark-development-guide.html
Get a group together and then try to pick a couple of folks that either own businesses in Memphis and seem a little more straight laced. Strength in numbers. Go to meetings and sign up to speak if you can. Go to parks meetings in general, since most money for your entire community could have been set aside 4 years ago.
Or just do what my boyfriend and his 3 close buddies did. Build it yourself and then get the city on your side. They built on a really bad part of town and changed the entire area. 6 years ago it had mobile meth labs, needles, homeless camps. Now they have soccer mom's sitting in cars watching their kids skate. http://www.marginalwayskatepark.org/
Read the Public Skatepark Development Guide. It's FREE or you can download it.
30 Reasons for Skateparks
Written by Chris Gilligan
Need to build a case for skateparks? Here are a few good reasons to get you started.
1.Skateboarders need safe places to recreate.
2.Skateparks, if designed and constructed correctly, are fiscally conservative and require very little maintenance.
3.Compared to other sports, skateboarding is underserved in the area.
4.Skateboarding has millions of participants nationally and it's still growing while more traditional sports are in decline. There are currently abundant facilities for these other sports.
5.Skateboarding is a multi-million dollar industry.
6.Skateboarders represent a vital part of an urban community.
7.A skatepark can attract skateboarding tourists if designed to do so.
8.With national health issues looming for today's youth, it's time to offer a greater number of healthy, athletic choices.
9.The cost to participate is accessible to every economic class.
10.Thousands of other communities have come to understand the value of skateparks.
11.Skating in a park is much safer than skating in the streets.
12.The community already has hundreds, and maybe thousands of skateboarders.
13.In the future there are going to be many legitimate places to skate in the city. The time to embark on that positive future is now.
14.A skatepark is a place where skateboarders and other people who might not cross paths in the street can come together.
15.Skateparks can displace other less desirable activities in an area.
16.The skatepark can be an attraction for family vacations.
17.Skateboarding is "cool," And a skatepark will enhance the community's reputation.
18.Good skateparks often have volunteer teams to help maintain the facility.
19.Skateparks can draw skateboarders away from less appropriate areas.
20.Young and old people use skateparks.
21.Skateparks support vibrant, healthy communities, just like many other athletic facilities.
22.Skateboarding is mainstream.
23.Skateboarding is a popular spectator sport.
24.Skateparks are flexible in design and can work in many different size plots.
25.The skatepark can be a place to go after school.
26.Neighborhood skateparks allow younger skaters to recreate safely close to home.
27.Skateboarding is happening with or without a skatepark.
28.There are experts who can help the community plan out their next skatepark.
29.The best time to start the new skatepark is today.
30.If a city doesn't have a skatepark, it is a skatepark.