Funding to Save a Skateboard Bowl


The Chicken Bowl is an amazing work of art designed and built for the use of skateboarding. Currently the Chicken Bowl is in need of a permit in order to be approved for continued use. The additional elements needed in order to meet the requirements stated by the Permits Office are as follows:

- 150' of 8' fencing around the entire structure
- Paint for fence
- Railing around the deck of the bowl
- A staircase
- Evergreen trees all around the inside of the fence line

The cost of the required additions to the Chicken Bowl exceeds that of our personal funds as we have already incurred over $2K in legal fees in order to fight the zoning board on unjust categorization of a backyard bowl—not to mention time away from work in dealing with the issue.


The amount of time and money we have put into fighing this zoning battle is not just to save a bowl from being torn down, but to give honor to the sport of skateboarding and to try and correct the misleading zoning prejudices that have plagued backyard skateboard ramps for years. We appreciate you taking the time to read our story and would hope that you can at least pass the word along about our funding efforts. 


The Chicken Bowl was designed and built by Dave Chiarino. Dave is a passionate skateboarder of over 40+ years. He is 52 years young. Dave's Chicken Bowl project took 2.5 years and was built single-handedly (for the most part). During the initial planning of the bowl, Dave suffered a heart attack and needed to take a bit of a hiatus from skateboarding—or specifically the act of riding the board (yet his skateboard-related brain activity was still on overdrive).

During the time period that it took Dave to get his health back in order, he spent countless hours designing and building his own backyard bowl that would become know as the Chicken Bowl. Over the years, the Chicken Bowl has become know to many in and around the Chicago area and just the same, Milwaukee area. Located roughly between the two cities, the Chicken Bowl has successfully blended groups of skaters from the cities of Milwaukee and Chicago.

To be continued...


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