Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for Skate Park Enhancements

With renovations to the Catoctin Skate Park looming, one wish-list item that is not in the town’s construction budget is now the focus of a crowdfunding campaign.

While the skate park renovations aim to modernize the popular recreation spot, there is no planned addition of shade structures or spectator seating for those looking to enjoy the action from the sidelines.

But a creative group of staff members from the town’s Parks and Recreation Department decided to take matters into their own hands, and entered the town into the National Recreation and Park Association’s Fund Your Park crowdfunding campaign. The Catoctin Skate Park project was chosen to be featured on the Fund Your Park crowdfunding site through a competitive application process with the NRPA. Fund Your Park is a crowdfunding platform designed by NRPA for park and recreation agencies.

Department staffers created a fun and quirky video, demonstrating the benefits of shade structures, to accompany the campaign. The staff members involved in creating the video were Jeanne Joy, Jared Haley, Dylan Merhaut, Jonathan Knockett, Barb Smith, and Ashton Echols.

“After the NRPA notified us that the skate park project had been approved for the site, the staff viewed some videos other campaigns had used, but thought they were too formal,” Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation Kate Trask stated. “So they took an entirely different approach, wanting to do something fresh and catchy. I loved seeing how staff approached the project and how excited they were about making the video. We’re already looking at other video projects they can do.”

The campaign hopes to raise $40,000 by Sept. 23. As of Tuesday morning, $250 had been donated.

To donate to the crowdfunding campaign, go to

2 thoughts on “Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for Skate Park Enhancements

  • 2016-08-30 at 1:04 pm

    aug. 23 was last week, and only $250 was raised? Town staff also was tasked by the Council to find corporate or other sponsorships to defray the massive cost of this park, and what are they doing about that? This project was first represented to cost $544,000 and then, after the vote, staff came back with a $900,000 price tag because they are moving the park to a new pad site. Plus, the taxpayers will be paying $30,000 a year for maintenance — mostly to have a town parks staffer open and close the park and ensure skaters do things properly (like wear helmets). Council didn’t even flinch, and I believe construction is going to move forward. Furthermore, this park will be free for any one to use — including non taxpaying residents. Skateboarding as a sport is way down in popularity nationwide, so I have to wonder who is going to put money into something when the Town Council made it “Free.” Meanwhile, there are partial sidewalks on Morven Park Road,Edwards Ferry Road and Plaza Street, and the town’s police force has 16 vacancies. It just shows you where the current “leadership” is on Council in terms of priorities.

  • 2016-08-30 at 3:49 pm

    P and R staff need to learn how to better spend funds. With a skate park budget that is almost 1 MILLION DOLLARS you would think staff could find 40,000 bucks for seats and shade.

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