Skatepark Development Timeline

Below is a model developmental timeline with sample durations. Few skatepark projects ever follow such a precise schedule. Every group pushing for a skatepark will face a unique set of circumstances and so no project is truly average in every way.

This sample timeline does not include all of the steps required to create a skatepark. It only includes those activities and stages that involve the public and volunteer skatepark advocates. City employees and professional project managers will rely on a slightly different timeline.

The best way to accelerate the time required for each stage is by remaining active while organizing around the immediate stage of development. Major milestones are in orange.

PREPARATION (2 months)

You will assemble your advocacy group, begin to define what kind of skatepark you’re working for, and introduce your goals to the community.

  • Assemble the Core Group
    • Create Supporter Roster
    • Create Volunteer Roster
    • Conduct Core Group Meeting(s)
  • Define Skatepark Vision
    • Identify Principle Characteristics
      • Material Defined (e.g., concrete)
      • Size Defined
      • Amenities Defined
      • (Location intentionally omitted)
    • Budget Estimate Created
    • Key Benefits Identified
  • Earn City Endorsement
    • Stakeholders Identified
    • City Council Introduction
    • Parks Department/Commission Introduction
    • Other Institutional Introductions
  • Establish Steering Committee
    • Conduct Steering Committee Meeting(s)
  • Reach Out to Local Organizations

LOCATION (4 months)

You will define what makes the best location for a skatepark and compare the places in your community that meet that criteria.

  • Create Site-selection Criteria
    • Criteria Approved by Steering Committee
  • Candidate Sites Nominated
    • Candidate Sites Evaluated
    • Optimal Site Presented
  • Community Approval
    • Site Approved

FUNDRAISING (2 years)

  • Budget Estimate Refined
    • Design / Construction Partition
  • Fiscal Sponsor Recruited (or Nonprofit Established)
    • Fiscal Sponsor Agreement Signed
  • Conclude Fundraising
    • Grant Opportunities Identified
    • Grant Writer Recruited
    • Grant Application(s) Submitted
    • First Dollar Raised
    • 50% Funds Raised
    • All Funds Raised
  • Funds Turned Over
  • Skatepark Included in City Budget

DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION (9 months)

  • Designers Short-listed
    • Designer Hired
    • Design Process
      • Site Evaluation / Geotech
      • First Public Design Workshop
        • Subsequent Public Design Workshop(s)
      • Design Finalized
    • Construction Documents Created
  • Construction Process
    • Qualifications Defined
    • RFQ Published / Bids Sought
    • Candidate Builders Avaluated
    • Builder Hired
    • Construction

OPERATIONS

  • Policy Defined
  • Programs Defined
  • Ribbon-cutting

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