Skatepark Budget

Skatepark creation costs can be broken down into categories, and even further into specific expenses.

Here’s a sample skatepark materials and services list. (These should give you some good ideas of where to look for in-kind donations.)

100% Total Skatepark Construction Cost

10—15% Design Expense

Staff (payroll)
Administration
Travel
Presentation Materials
Civil Engineering
Architectural Consultation
Survey
Geotech
Construction Documentation

85—90% Construction Expense

Demolition
Staff (payroll)
Services
Administration
Travel
— Per diem
— Room
— Local Transportation
Permitting
Drainage
Inspections
Site Prep (grading)
Dyes, Natural Elements
Equipment Rental
— Backhoe
— Concrete pump
— Fencing
— Restroom
— Storage
— Trash
Materials
— Fill
— Concrete
— Rebar
— Coping
Lighting
Art Feature
Insurance
Seating
Turf, Greenery
Pavers
Contingency

If your fundraising strategy relies heavily on grassroots programs, it can be wise to raise funds for each type of material or service independently. For example, you may have a “Rebar Fundraising Jam” that has a modest goal of $6,000 rather than facing the entire skatepark budget at once. People will be more likely to contribute when they can see that their contribution is a meaningful portion of the larger goal.