Save Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park

$8,118 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 188 people in 60 months
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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Hi folks, still a long ways off affording the restroom, but anything will help at this point!

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Hi everyone, wanted to ask if anyone had any contractor contacts they could give us that might be interested in building a restroom for us. The catch is it must be done to Sullivan County code and we would need to pay in installments. Or divide the project into stages and pay per stage. The Sullivan County Planning and Zoning office has given us until next June to get this done, seems awhile right? Well figuring in 5 months of possible winter weather, we have more like 5 months to get it done in that's assuming we can raise enough to get it in the schedule. I want to thank you all for visiting us here and making this place what it is, we do the work but we couldn't keep it up without you!
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So our next project to tackle, per the county is our restroom facility. We've ball-parked it at 8-10,000.00 non of the previous funds we have raised can count toward it as it was spent on the past improvements, so we really need to hit our 25k goal.

We have the septic in ground/approved, the water lines are run and should work. I just have no approved plan to build from, so I can't figure out distances and all. I don't want to waste money building it one way only to have an inspector tell me to tear up and start over. I hate to say it but I may have to hire someone who knows what they are doing. Any help?
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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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Kimberly Solorzano
5 months ago
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Is this still opened?

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Cathy Taylor Overstreet
29 months ago

Thank you for all that you do.

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Thomas Meeks
29 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
14 months 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
24 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
24 months ago

Thank you for this great experience!

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Raised by 188 people in 60 months
Created June 4, 2013
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$10
Ptolema Harrison
12 days ago

We had a blast at your park today!! Much more than I expected, truly amazing! We will be back!

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18 days ago
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$25
Matthew Deitel
1 month ago

bday deposit

$25
Robert Castellitto
2 months ago

I can see from just the guest pictures that this is a great experience for kids to have that can open the doors to learning more about and loving dinosaurs. Good luck!

RK
$10
Rachel Koski
3 months ago

I found out about this through The Carpetbagger's YouTube channel. I haven't been but hope to one day, and believe in the cause. What an amazing idea!

Kimberly Solorzano
5 months ago
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Is this still opened?

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Cathy Taylor Overstreet
29 months ago

Thank you for all that you do.

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Thomas Meeks
29 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
14 months 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
24 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
24 months ago

Thank you for this great experience!

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