Alright, you read the previous post, it was ugly but sometimes the truth can be.
We are going to think small enough so that we can get a skate park in Memphis before the next group of skaters are onto college or moved away. Cindy Buchanan at Parks and Recreation suggested we start with something small but at the time we were determined to go big- which we still are but we want to engage the local community and demonstrate to the City that there is pent up demand for a skatepark.
Here is the plan:
Item 1. Solicit the support of our local neighborhood associations. This includes Vollintine
Evergreen Association, The Evergreen Historical Association and the Cooper Young Association. These organizations could help facilitate the fund raising since they have nonprofit status and the most vested interest. Hopefully one of these organizations will adopt our cause and be enthusiastic about partnering with us. This will determine our park location.
Item 2.Park location: This depends on item 1 above as well as the location being managed by City Parks and Recreation. This is critical for having a location that is insurable.
Item 3 Suggestions? You tell us where you want the park!
1. Evergreen- Williamson park behind Fresh Slices
2. Cooper Young- Peabody Park
3. Vollintine Evergreen- not sure- is there public parks space in the area?
4. Other areas??.....I want these parks to be accessible to inner city kids but ultimately it will be the skaters, who raise the funds, that will determine where the park will go.(excluding outlying areas)
Item 4: Size. This will be a small park anywhere from 5000-15000 sqft. These smaller parks cost around $50/sqft so we would be looking at raising $250K-500K. We can dramatically reduce price/sqft if we have a someone willing to donate supplies or reduce material prices. Zach the skate park designer has seen 40% reduction in the price in many case where local suppliers have donated materials.
Item 4: Neighborhood representative(s): At this point I am willing to make presentations to Associations but I would greatly appreciate your help in arranging a presentation with an association. We need complete buy-in from the community for this to be a success.
Item 5: Fundraising approach: We would like to get a interactive image map of a skatepark on the website where online donations will "virtually" build an image of the skatepark. If you like fooling around with webpages and have a better design for the website we are open to suggestions and help!
Thank you! It will take the entire community this fly! Please contact me and we can build this park together.