Save Backyard Terrors Dinosaur 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!
Hi, it's Chris from Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park. We are currently facing a crisis that may lead to the Park closing in June. Here is the brief status.
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.
Today, 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
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.
Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park
Some main points.
We have a year ( thanks to a friend of the Park that spoke up and the BZA for agreeing to it.) to complete the projects list we have now.
We have a lot of things that need doing, we hope to have a list soon that will detail everything that still needs to be done. I'll share it as soon as we get it. Restrooms, electrical, paving, site plan, ect.. is all there we need to get done.
Special Events. Birthday parties, Dino Park in the Dark and The Funhouse, these were discussed and it was decided and agreed to by us they would only occur if they did not exceed our parking lot limits. We are experimenting with Dino Park in the Dark by taking reservations/donations to limit the number of guests per night in a given date. If that works out we implement the same process for The Funhouse later this year. We know how much our fans love these attractions and want to keep doing them for you. However we will not have a repeat of Trick or Treat with the Dinosaurs.
All in all not too bad we think, thank you all for your continued support, it means a TON to us!
I also was able to get 40 tons of gravel to finish our paths here, hope to start that next week, thank you all helping us get it done!
Thank you for all that you do.
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.
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!!
Thank you for this great experience!