Save Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park

$6,645 of $25k goal

Raised by 161 people in 47 months
Chris Kastner  BLUFF CITY, TN
About the Park
Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park is a donation based attraction. We believe everyone has the right to experience the magic of seeing life size dinosaurs! We only continue and grow through patron support. Three years ago Chris Kastner came up with the concept of a dinosaur park that could educate and entertain kids of all ages, operating only on donations. Chris, an artist, donates all of his time and skill to bring this place alive, along with help from a few generous friends. Funds are collected only for materials needed to aid in expanding the Park and creating new exhibits. A Fossil Dig Site and Gift Shop/Visitor area have been developed solely with support from visitors, sponsors and patrons!

What happened :

Week of December 6, 2015

We've kept things fairly quiet about a situation we have been dealing with. We had some issues during our Trick or Treat with the Dinosaurs event, which around 3200 people attended. The impact of this high attendance led to an inspection by the Sullivan County Planning and Codes Dept. They claim that they have been and are still receiving complaints about us. This has led us to file for a Special Use permit for which approval will be decided next Wednesday. Our goals here have always been to provide an inexpensive and fun place to visit with your whole family. We really hope to be able to continue to do that.

December 16, 2015

Well we came back from the meeting with good news and bad news. Good news first, eh? The Park will remain open at least for the next six months. Bad news. We will have to halt all special events until that time period is over. Good news. We can get them reinstated provided we get some upgrades to the Park here. Bad news. These upgrades will be a bit of work and a little costly. One requirement is a dedicated restroom for Park use to replace the portable toilet we've been renting from Blountville Septic. The other requirement is a better dedicated parking area. We are going to be finding out specifics in the following days and I will post them here as we do. We will be asking for donations to help with these projects. Time and/or money would really help us. If you know anyone who might be able to assist, please point them our way. You may donate to my PayPal account by entering the following link into your browser: PayPal.Me/BackyardTerrors

June 2016

We had another meeting with the Sullivan County, BZA.  Their decesion, thanks to a friend of the Park's suggestion, was to allow us another year to get things done on our list.  

March 2017  

With our new June deadline looming we have completed much of it thanks to your general contributions! All we have left is the site plan that we need a surveyor for and completing the restrooms we were asked to create.  

We are needing 2,000+ for the site plan and the restroom has been estimated at 10,000+ . 

Attached is a copy of the paperwork we were given that lays out the guidelines we must follow. Any and all help is appreciated. You are receiving this because you have helped us in the past and I consider you a friend of the Park. Please feel free to share with anyone who might be able to assist us.


Chris Kastner
Owner
Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park
www.backyardterrors.com
facebook.com/backyardterrors





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Update 117
Posted by Chris Kastner
3 days ago
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I did get a surveyor who can have the siteplan done in 60 days, Matt from Peak in JC. he needs 1000.00 upfront now and 3800.00 on completion due to just how complicated it will be.
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Update 116
Posted by Chris Kastner
1 month ago
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We are still taking any donations and help we an get. Still a lot to do. Recently we completed the paving of 30' at the entrance to the Park we were required to do at a cost of 900.00 by Turner Paving in Johnson City.

Next up we need to raise another 2,000.00 to get our site plan started by Cross Land Surveying.
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Update 115
Posted by Chris Kastner
4 months ago
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Well as of the 17th our building permit expired for the restroom build. We did not have enough funds to move past getting the site cleared and having it inspected. It will cost us another 100.00 for a 2nd permit but I'm going to wait til we have more funds to get it done. I keep getting told this has to built quickly, it's not something we can do piece by piece as is our usual method.

I'm going to raise the amount we need soon, looking it over we needed 10,000 or more for the rest room alone. You can see in the details our current totals, 6,465 was raised over several years and was used in all park projects. Gofundme's service also takes a portion to complete transactions. Our current fund has about 170.00 in it. Not much, but we have another 6 months til our next meeting with the Sullivan County BZA. This has been and I suspect will be a long drawn out process and I want to thank everyone who has donated to us and offered to help, it's not forgotten. Hopefully in the new year we can move forward, please continue to spread the word about us and our plight, we want to continue to be here for ears to come and provide a fun, free entertaining experience for all!
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Update 114
Posted by Chris Kastner
8 months ago
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Finally received our permit for the new restroom! looking at the image you can see it's good from 6/27-12/27 not a lot of time to get this done. Our new estimates show the restroom alone might be 8-10,000 $ I will be boosting our goals soon due to that, so please continue to share our page, attend our events and above all tell your friends!
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Cathy Taylor Overstreet
16 months ago

Thank you for all that you do.

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Thomas Meeks
16 months ago

sorry at this i can not give any money but i would be happy to help any way i can. my grandson love your place.

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Tonie Nation
1 month ago

I gave my donation when I come to see the park loved it grandbabies had so much fun

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Amanda Stewart
10 months ago

I have never been to your park but i will be bye one day to check it out I heard it was awesome!! Thanks for doing what you do we don't have a place like yours in our area that's free!!

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Melissa M Leonard
11 months ago

Thank you for this great experience!

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$6,645 of $25k goal

Raised by 161 people in 47 months
Created June 4, 2013
MA
$25
Matt Ahrens
1 month ago
$30
Anonymous
1 month ago
$25
Jessica Skipper
2 months ago
KC
$100
Karen Calhoun
3 months ago
DD
$50
David Doak
4 months ago
JH
$100
Jessica Hommel
4 months ago

Amazing place! My son wanted to donate to help support "his" mosasaurus!

RJ
$25
Ric Johnson
4 months ago
$380
Anonymous
7 months ago
$20
Michelle WOODS
7 months ago
TM
$15
Tasha McNeese
7 months ago

I have never been but I definitely plan on taking my children. You have a wonderful thing going and I hope you get to continue. Thank you!!

Cathy Taylor Overstreet
16 months ago

Thank you for all that you do.

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Thomas Meeks
16 months ago

sorry at this i can not give any money but i would be happy to help any way i can. my grandson love your place.

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Tonie Nation
1 month ago

I gave my donation when I come to see the park loved it grandbabies had so much fun

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Amanda Stewart
10 months ago

I have never been to your park but i will be bye one day to check it out I heard it was awesome!! Thanks for doing what you do we don't have a place like yours in our area that's free!!

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Melissa M Leonard
11 months ago

Thank you for this great experience!

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