How would you go about trying to get funding to start a skate park?
Basically the same way you'd would find funding for any small
business, I would think.
You can try finding investors, to take out a loan - either from
family (but borrowing money from family or friends is never wise,
IMO) or a loan institution.
Visit the SBA's website sba.gov and check out the info they have
available. It *is* possible to get an SBA loan but they don't make
Tony Hawk Foundation, American Eagle Outfitters and
Kaboom--check out their sites for grants. Also check out IISA's(?)
site (inline skating assoc.). Looks like most people do it through
fundraising in their local communities.