Community parks can be beneficial for everyone living in your area in many ways. They promote health, social opportunities, and bonding while improving property values. You don’t have to wait around for someone else to build it, though. The following steps can help you and your community be proactive in making it happen.
Hold a Meeting
Get your community together to discuss building a park. Let everyone share their opinions on why they do or don’t like the idea, as well as the benefits they feel it would bring to the community. With the support of your community, take all of this information to your local Chamber of Commerce.
Sometimes, they can help you take the steps to get a park built. Other times, they can lead you in the right direction. In either case, they can usually at least help you with the location of the park. And sometimes a visit to your Chamber of Commerce will lead to support from officials who can greatly influence the entire process.
Plan Your Park
As a group, you should plan out the park itself. What do you want it to look like? What equipment do you want there? How big do you want it to be?
Of course, you want to add park exercise equipment for the kids, but don’t limit yourself to that. Consider outdoor exercise equipment for the adults, so parents can work out while their kids play.
Don’t forget to consider things like picnic tables, volleyball nets, basketball courts, and pavilions for birthday parties. Outdoor grills are another great idea.
After deciding on your items, you’ll need to do some research to find the best price. You’ll then set your goal amount and move onto the next step.
Handle the Finances
There is a chance that your Chamber of Commerce can guide you toward community funds to help pay for the park, but you shouldn’t always rely on that. A better idea is to work together as a community to do some fundraising.
The great thing about fundraising is that there are so many ways to do it. You can link up with the companies that do donuts and gift wrapping. You can hold a neighborhood bake sale or garage sale. You can also approach local businesses for help. Many will be happy to help, especially if their name is mentioned as having contributed to the park.