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INTRODUCE YOUR PROJECT TO YOUR LOCAL COUNCIL


Introduce your group and its mission (to create a new public skatepark) to your Parish, Town or City Council. You should do this during one of their regularly scheduled public meetings. Take a look at your town's website to find out when those meetings are.

You are going to need the support of your Parish, Town or City Council if you are going to succeed in getting a new skatepark. Even if they do not own the site, they may consider making a financial contribution towards it.

That said, chances are that your site is going to be owned by your Council, be it a park, recreation area or field. Yes your skatepark could be privately owned, but it is likely that the owner of most pieces of land will want to use it to build houses or make money from it some other way. Either way, the support of your project by your local council is vitally important.

Read our section on Gaining Council Support For your Skatepark.

ATTEND A COUNCIL MEETING

Anyone can attend a Council meeting. Believe it or not. their purpose is to help your community, but they'll often need convincing as to why your idea is a good one.  Not a problem, we can help there.  

Call them up or email them - ask to speak to your Parish or Town Clerk. Tell them who you are, and what you're trying to do.

Find out when the next Council meeting is, and tell them you would like the idea of a new skatepark to be added to the agenda.

By all means email your Council to try and get a skatepark, but do not rely on this solely.  You’re more likely to achieve results by meeting them in person - because you're going to need to build up a working relationship with them.

TELL THEM WHAT IT IS YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE

If your item is on the agenda of the meeting, then you'll most likely be invited to speak at that point. If it isn't added to the agenda, stand up in the public participation session at the start of the meeting and clearly state who you are, where you live, the group you represent (YourTown Skatepark Project), then tell them what you want to achieve, and explain how it will benefit your community.

If you can't manage to do get your project added to the meeting's agenda, then just turn up, and and introduce your project in the public participation section.

ALWAYS BE POLITE & NEVER LOSE YOUR TEMPER

Remember, be polite at all times, do not get angry if someone says something against your idea, don't say 'you're wrong', even if they are, just calmly explain the reality, and the facts that back this up. Showing anger or frustation will only serve to hinder the progress of your project.


It's unlikely that your local council are going to say yes to a new skatepark right away. No does not mean no, it means ’not right now’.



EDUCATE YOUR COUNCIL ON WHY A SKATEPARK IS IMPORTANT

Sadly our Councils often need convincing, or educating on the fact that a free to use skatepark is a good idea, so you're going to need to talk to them about it.

Chances are that your Council don't actually know that many local people want a skatepark, so you're going to need to tell them.

Read our section on Gaining Council Support For your Skatepark.

 

 


RELATED TO THIS SECTION

Start a Facebook page

Start a Petition for your Skatepark

Form a Skatepark Group

Have a Skatepark Group meeting

Write a Mission Statement

Contact a Skatepark Company for Designs of Parks they've built

Gaining Council Support For your Skatepark

 

 

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