To all who found us during this campaign, thank you for visiting! If you donated money to our project, be aware that even though we did not meet the challenge, we will FIND the rest of the money we need to build this skatepark, most likely in the next 2 months. You can keep up with us on facebook at:
If you still wish to make a donation to our project, you may visit the online donation page for the Door County Community Foundation here (be sure to designate it as a gift for the Sturgeon Bay Skatepark Fund:
We are the Sturgeon Bay Skatepark Initiative and we are working to create a safe public place for people of all ages and abilities to skateboard and ride BMX bikes in beautiful Door County, WI.
Although skateboarding is one of the fastest growing sports in the nation, there is currently no place in our community to skate. Because skating promotes health, outdoor recreation and economic benefits to the community, we are working to change that!
Once built, our park will be operated, maintained and insured by the City of Sturgeon Bay like all other city parks and will be open to the public at no charge.
Kids Involved in Every Aspect
From the beginning, this project has been about more than building a skatepark. It's about kids and adults working together and learning that if you want to change your world in some way, you have to take the steps to make it happen. You have to visualize the end result, be willing to work hard to earn it, and enlist the support of your community through creative and positive partnerships.
Our group formed in April of 2011. We began by securing City Council approval and a site for the park. We then raised enough funds to hire Grindline Designs of Seattle, WA, one of the top firms in the country, to create the conceptual design--a 10,000 square-foot poured concrete park unlike any other. We obtained a construction estimate and began raising funds. Kids have been involved in every aspect of this project, from conception to design to city council meetings to hot dog sales to visits with donors.
What We Need & What You Get
We need to raise $405,000 in total to begin construction. To date, we have raised over $370,000. We are over 90% of the way to meeting our goal! With your help, we'll begin construction when the ground thaws in spring.
We hope to raise $15,000 of the remaining funds through our Indiegogo campaign. The rest we'll raise through grants, fundraising events and donor visits.
We are grateful for your support. Every gift helps and every donor will receive a heartfelt thank you and a colorful Sturgeon Bay Skatepark decal. We hope that the good feeling you get from being part of something positive is its own and the best reward!
As a special thanks, those who make a gift of $100 or more will receive a certificate for a Skater Special coffee drink at our favorite local coffeeshop, Glas. Glas has been supporting the skatepark project since its inception and created the Skater Special drink to reward our Indiegogo donors. Glas is located within walking distance of the park, near the beautiful Sturgeon Bay waterfront. It's an ideal place to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of Sturgeon Bay.
Community Support--The Sturgeon Bay Skatepark Initiative is grateful for the overwhelming support this project has received. Here are just a few testimonials from members of our community. More are available on our website: www.sbskate.org.
"This will be the most intensely used park in Sturgeon Bay." --T. Depies, Sturgeon Bay City Engineer
"We need to provide an environment that promotes physical activity so our children can be outside playing instead of indoors playing video games."--J. Stutting, Sturgeon Bay Superintendent
"People have come to realize the value of skateboarding and to see the talent and friendliness of the young people; they talk about these 'good kids.' This most positive impact on community character will continue to grow...the Skatepark Initiative will be held up as a model of how to do these kinds of community projects."--R. Herrick, pastor
"The skatepark is going to be a fun place to hang out with friends in Door County and a great place to teach younger kids and learn from others."--Austin, skater
Photo credits: Dan Eggert, Heidi Hodges, Julie Schartner