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CREATING AWARENESS & SUPPORT FOR YOUR PROJECT

Creating awareness and local support is crucial to the success of your project.  It is not something you will only do once. Having one public meeting, meeting with your Council once, or having one article in your local paper will not be enough - it is something you will do, and continue to do throughout the process. Once you have gained support and awareness, you will need to maintain awareness.

USE SOCIAL MEDIA EFFECTIVELY

Work on posting quality content to your Facebook page, increase the number of likes from local people.  Start a twitter account, link your Facebook page to it so that updates from it appear on your twitter feed. Create an Instagram account, which is great for creating a visual diary of the skatepark process, and posting images of skateparks you like, and your skatepark design later on. Again, link it to your Facebook account so that any photos added appear on your Facebook timeline. Start a website or a blog.  Add only good, well written relevant content, show what you want, say why it is a good idea.

 

PROMOTE YOUR PROJECT

Promote yourselves, create even more awareness. Make it a news-worthy item and get the local press involved. You could even make a short film focusing on the benefit it will have to the users and the positive change it will have in the community

CREATE AWARENESS, MORE AWARENESS, AND KEEP ON CREATING AND MAINTAINING AWARENESS. EDUCATE PEOPLE AS TO WHY A SKATEPARK IS A GOOD IDEA, TEACH THEM ABOUT THE POSITIVE BENEFITS OF A NEW SKATEPARK.

 

HOLD A PUBLIC MEETING

Hold some public meetings, that anyone can attend, give a presentation on your idea. Put posters up in your community.  Forge links and build relationships with respected local charities and community groups, schools and local law enforcement.  The more people and groups that you can gain the support of, the better.  It will add weight to your cause, will increase credibility and respectability.

Make a stall in your town or city centre, have some print outs of skateparks in order to show people the type of park you want, not everyone knows what a modern skatepark is. If you show them, and educate them as to the benefits, then they might support it.  

 

TALK TO EVERYONE ABOUT YOUR PROJECT

Talk to as many residents of your community as you can. Explain why a new skatepark is a good idea, ask for their input - very importantly, LISTEN to what they have to say, be it positive or negative. If the feedback is negative, then take note of it so that you can refer to it later on if you are asked if you have done any community consulation. If they have misconceptions about skateparks, camly explain to them why that is not the case.

Ask every resident you speak to sign your petition (have a paper copy in addition to your online version - create it using a word processor).  Also, ask them to email your Council in support - make sure they copy you in.  Having letters of support will be very helpful in getting site permission and will improve your chance of being successful when you apply for grants and funding for your new skatepark.

Get support from as many people as you can. Talk to everyone you meet about your project.  

 


ARTICLES RELATED TO THIS SECTION

Start a Facebook page

Start a Petition for your Skatepark

Form a Skatepark Group

Have a Skatepark Group meeting

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

 

 

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