GRINDLINE SKATEPARKS – YOUR LOCAL PARTNER IN SKATEPARK DEVELOPMENT
Promote the need to invest in the future of our youth.
There is no city in America that does not have a long list of public works and capital projects needs. Most cities have had their capital budgets stressed and their park development plans challenged. Park Master Plans which were developed to map out the future of cities’ recreation needs have a substantial list of desired and community-backed improvements. Depending on funding 2009-2010 budgets, these projects may be in jeopardy. However, a solution exists.
How to get the shovels in the dirt quickly.
Cities, as well as community associations, are public works engines. Grindline’s staff has worked with cities and associations on preliminary planning, fundraising and community support on skateparks of all sizes and budgets. Grindline can develop initial conceptual designs for public input, grant applications and public funding requests. These concepts evolve into final designs and architectural drawings which are used for construction. Our qualifications as a skatepark builder allow us to offer competitive bids on public projects. We also know how to use the design/build approach, an acceptable and efficient way of getting projects done more quickly and economically than normal. Over the years, we have taken great pride in watching initial concepts become a community’s reality.
Public Support and Funding.
The economic downturn, the likes of which our country has not faced since the Great Depression, has forced the American people to rethink how money is spent. When basic services are compromised – how does a community justify building a skatepark? A skatepark is not a frivolous expense but both a short term and long term investment. The return on this investment can be measured in the short term by the amount of money redistributed back into the local economy. $.64 of every dollar spent on a cast-in-place concrete skatepark reenters the local economy through the purchase of local materials, local food and lodging, state and local tax revenue and local equipment rental as well as through wages and jobs by hiring local labor and subcontractors. The long term investment is seen in the minimal cost of maintenance, the lifespan and durability of the concrete park and the sheer enjoyment of its users. The investment in a skatepark also creates revenue for new and established retail businesses by drawing consumers to the area in search of food, entertainment, skate supplies… it can draw visitors from nearby towns or tourists from across the state. The return on a skatepark project can hit 200% within 5 years of completion.
BREAKDOWN OF EVERY $1 SPENT ON GRINDLINE’S CAST IN PLACE CONCRETE SKATEPARKS
$.64 OF EACH DOLLAR STAYS IN THE CITY OR TOWN WE BUILD IN
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program already exists and every year the federal government directly allocates funds to cities over 50,000 people. The CDBG program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.
The Tony Hawk Foundation seeks to foster lasting improvements in society, with an emphasis on supporting and empowering youth. Through special events, grants, and technical assistance, the Foundation supports recreational programs with a focus on the creation of public skateboard parks in low-income communities. The Foundation favors programs that clearly demonstrate that funds received will produce tangible, ongoing, positive results.