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Redlands, California Gets Top THF Grant

Youth of San Bernardino County are on track to create a world-class skatepark.

Friends Of Redlands Skatepark earned the top THF skatepark grant through their hard work and dedication to creating a world-class public skatepark.

9 March 2017 (Vista, CA) – When all seemed lost, the youth of Redlands rallied and rekindled the dream—their dream of a world-class skatepark where kids from all over could come together and share the sport they love. Recognizing their ambition and the work they’ve done to achieve it, the Tony Hawk Foundation recently awarded the project $25,000—the largest award in the foundation’s latest round of skatepark grants.
 
In 2006, efforts to create a public skatepark in this community east of Los Angeles began in earnest, but never gained the momentum necessary to complete the project. It took a group of skaters to pick up the pieces and articulate a true vision of what they wanted to build. In 2013, they formed the Friends Of Redlands Skatepark coalition, and since 2015 have been working with the Tony Hawk Foundation to connect with local leaders and develop their plan for success.
 
After completing some of their preliminary work, including local fundraising events, FORS applied for the THF grant. They knew they had come a long way with their project, but the Redlands advocates were still unsure if they would qualify. “The Redlands project was this semester’s standout,” said THF Programs Director Peter Whitley. “The Friends of Redlands Skatepark has done everything right—they’ve had successful fundraisers, connected with the appropriate planning agencies, and engaged at all levels of the community and local government.”
 
“This award is already generating so much stoke throughout the community,” said Maureen Perez of Friends Of Redlands Skatepark. “People want to see huge things happen. The THF grant is definitely that big thing!”
 
A total of nine skatepark projects received grant awards from the Tony Hawk Foundation this Spring. While each project is unique to its community, they all address the universal need for safe, sanctioned spaces for youth to skate and be with like-minded individuals who share a love for skateboarding. “We received applications from every corner of the nation this semester, and the quality of projects is terrific,” said Whitley. “From New Hampshire to California, Washington to Florida, the projects represent thousands of volunteer hours from people dedicated to improving the lives of youth in their communities.”
 
Spring 2017 THF Skatepark Grant Recipients
Redlands California ($25,000)
Birmingham, Alabama ($10,000)
Defuniak Springs, Florida ($10,000)
Fallbrook, California ($10,000)
Watertown, South Dakota ($10,000)
Glacier, Washington ($5,000)
Lebanon, New Hampshire ($5,000)
Rio Vista, California ($5,000)
Sheboygan, Wisconsin ($5,000)
 
The Tony Hawk Foundation will offer skatepark grants again this Summer. For more information about THF grants or how the foundation can help your community create a public skatepark, visit www.tonyhawkfoundation.org.

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Tony Hawk Foundationn
A charitable, non-profit organization, the Tony Hawk Foundation was established in 2002 by its namesake, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk. THF promotes and provides technical assistance and funds for high-quality public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States that promote healthy, active lifestyles, and to International programs that enrich the lives of youth through skateboarding.

Domestically, the foundation’s Skatepark Grant program has awarded over $5.7-million to 583 communities in all 50 states. The foundation focuses on working with local officials and grassroots, community-based organizations that plan to hire designers and contractors with strong experience designing and building skateparks.

The foundation’s International Program has provided financial and technical support to assist youth through the Skateistan educational programs in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa (www.skateistan.org).

The Tony Hawk Foundation was established by a gift from Tony Hawk. Its directors raise additional funds through events, industry donations, and continuing contributions from Tony and other entities. For more information or to make a donation, visit the foundation’s Web site at www.tonyhawkfoundation.org. You can also visit THF on facebook and Instagram @tonyhawkfoundation, and on Twitter @THF.

Special thanks to following THF partners for their ongoing support: MINI USA (www.miniusa.com), Starkey Hearing Foundation (www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org), Gumball 3000 Foundation (www.gumball3000.com), HEXBUG (www.hexbug.com), Hawk Clothing (www.kohls.com), GoSolar.com (www.GoSolar.com), Nixon (www.nixon.com), Sweetwater (www.sweetwater.com), Dynacraft (www.dynacraftwheels.com), and  Zumiez (www.zumiez.com).

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Redlands Tops THF Grants
The Tony Hawk Foundation has announced its latest grants to help build skateparks in nine communities across the U.S. The efforts of the skaters in Redlands, California have earned them the foundation’s top award of $25,000. Their tireless and persistent campaign to bring a world-class skatepark to the youth of San Bernardino County has been an example for others to follow. Read about Friends Of Redlands Skatepark and all of this season’s THF Grant recipients: MORE

 

Celebrating A Birthday This Month?
Make your birthday a real cause for celebration! Start a Crowdrise fundraiser to support the creation of public skateparks, and grow the more than 500 skateparks THF has already helped open. Your friends and family can be part of your campaign to give youth access to safe, sanctioned facilities to practice the sport they love!

Starting a Crowdrise campaign is EASY:
STEP 1 – go to https://www.crowdrise.com/tonyhawkfoundation.
STEP 2 – Create your fundraiser and set a goal.
STEP 3 – Share with your friends and family via e-mail and social media!

 

Oakland Skatepark Summit
The Tony Hawk Foundation will host a Skatepark Summit in Oakland, California on Saturday, March 18. Skatepark advocates from around the Bay Area will attend, and if you’re working on a skatepark in your town or are considering doing so, be there. THF Programs Director Peter Whitley will cover key elements of skatepark development, effective advocacy, and fundraising strategy. Co-hosts For The Town and Skate Like A Girl will lead a discussion on operational and community engagement topics, and a panel of experts will take questions from the audience. The Oakland Skatepark Summit will be fun and informative (and free, of course), and offer attendees the chance to network with other skatepark advocates:
Saturday, March 18, 1 PM at the Old Kan and Beer Co., 95 Linden St #11, Oakland, CA
MORE: contact@tonyhawkfoundation.org

 

Peaceful Skatepark
The Alix Rice Peace Park in Amherst, New York will break ground this Spring, with plans to open by end of Summer. A THF Grant recipient in 2014, the park is named for local teen Alix Rice, who was killed by a drunk driver in 2011 while skating along a local street. One of the elements in the park will feature a peace symbol, in Rice’s honor. Fundraising is nearly complete, but you can help the Alix Rice Peace Park Foundation reach their goal by visiting the skatepark Web site to make a donation: https://www.alixrice.com
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Now Open
Congratulations to skaters in Wilmington, North Carolina (2016 THF Grant Recipient) on the grand opening of their new skatepark!
Odgen Skatepark: 440 Ogden Park Drive, Wilmington, NC  28411
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SKATEPARK INSIDER – Feb. 2017

A student at the Skateistan School in Johannesburg, South Africa gets a helping hand from Tony Hawk. Photo: Miki Vuckovich

You Need A Skatepark

It’s true, if you don’t have a skatepark, you really should rally to build one. Without a safe, sanctioned space to practice their sport, young skaters forced to ride it in the street, where they face dangers like automobiles, uneven surfaces, and other hazards. If your town doesn’t have a skatepark, it is one. And for some reason it’s fallen on you (yes, you) to get everyone together and start the conversation about building a skatepark. That’s there the Tony Hawk Foundation comes in—we have the tools you need to get started, and the experience to help you along the way. Learn more (and quit wasting time—the skatepark isn’t going to build itself).

Is Your Skatepark Eligible For A THF Grant?

Rallying the locals to get a skatepark project going is one thing—funding the construction is often something entirely different. While your local government might have the ability to fund it outright, it’s not likely to do so. Since 2002, the Tony Hawk Foundation has been awarding construction grants to help build skateparks. With 579 grants in communities in all 50 States, yours could be next! See if your project qualifies.

Tony Hawk and Starkey Hearing Foundation In South Africa

Tony, Birdhouse Skateboards pros Shawn Hale and David Loy, and South African pro Thalente Biyela joined the Starkey Hearing Foundation Mission in Johannesburg last Summer to help fit a group of students with hearing aids. More than 200 young South Africans were given the gift of hearing. And the first sounds they heard? The rolling and cracking of a skate demo by Tony and the guys at the new Skateistan School skatepark in Johannesburg. Have a look (and listen) yourself.

Bookmark This Link To Raise $ For THF

Do you shop on Amazon.com? Not often? Well, if you buy anything there at all, you can help raise funds for THF by simply accessing Amazon.com via the following link. You can still access everything available on Amazon, and there is no surcharge or extra cost to you. Simply Bookmark this link and use it when you visit Amazon.com, and a small percentage of your transaction will benefit THF (and every transaction thereafter if you continue to use this link!) 

Come Skate!

Congratulations to the latest THF-supported skateparks to open to the public. These great parks are packed every day, providing local skateboarders a safe, positive environment where they can pursue their sport and enjoy the company of creative athletes just like them:

Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Funding Now Available

THF dollars helped create San Francisco’s newest skatepark—is your project next?

12 December 2016 (Vista, CA) – Youth in San Francisco are enjoying their new skatepark at the city’s rebuilt Hilltop Park, and other communities can now take advantage of the same Tony Hawk Foundation construction grant that helped fund that amazing project.

Bay Area skater Zoe Safanda lifts an Andrecht hand plant over the vert bowl at the new Hilltop Skatepark in San Francisco. Photo: Miki Vuckovich

Bay Area skater Zoe Safanda lifts an Andrecht hand plant over the vert bowl at the new Hilltop Skatepark in San Francisco. Photo: Miki Vuckovich

A public skatepark typically requires funding from several sources, and over the past fifteen years the Tony Hawk Foundation has become one of the most significant, with over $5.6-million awarded to projects in all 50 States. As THF’s 519th skatepark to open, Hilltop is just the latest.

According to Will Rogers, Chief Executive Officer of The Trust for Public Land, THF’s contribution may not have been the largest, but it was pivotal. “The Trust for Public Land is deeply grateful for the Tony Hawk Foundation’s support of the Hilltop Skatepark. They didn’t just give generous financial backing, their support generated real excitement in the local community and being able to call on the Tony Hawk Foundation for technical advice and suggestions was tremendous. You can already see how popular the new design is with skaters of all ages and abilities, and we thank them for helping make that possible.”

The 16,000-square-foot concrete flow course and bowl was the result of local residents collaborating with several agencies and organizations, including San Francisco Recreation And Parks, The Trust For Public Land, Parks 94124, and the Tony Hawk Foundation.

In recent years, many THF Skatepark Grant recipients have reported that the contribution from Tony Hawk’s foundation also catalyzed their local fundraising. “The value of winning the Tony Hawk Foundation Grant cannot be measured by sheer numbers,” said Sarah Anderson, who led the Nyack, New York public skatepark to its grand opening in 2015. “The esteemed THF grant not only filled the skatepark coffer, it legitimized the project in the eyes of the public and activated donors, both public and private, to carry us forward to the finish line.”

The 16,000-square-foot Hilltop Skatepark replaces an old skatepark originally built in 1979. Photo by Miki Vuckovich

The 16,000-square-foot Hilltop Skatepark replaces an old skatepark originally built in 1979. Photo by Miki Vuckovich

The Tony Hawk Foundation accepts applications from communities for skatepark grants twice annually. The current application is live on the foundation’s Web site and will be available until January 16, 2017 at www.tonyhawkfoundation.org.

In addition to skatepark funding, THF staff assist skatepark advocates to successfully navigate the complex process of campaigning for, planning, and funding their public skateparks. In addition to reaching THF staff directly through the foundation’s Web site, advocates can learn about skatepark development at the foundation’s advocacy-resource site: www.publicskateparkguide.org.

Hilltop Skatepark is located at La Salle and Whitney Young Circle, San Francisco, CA 94124.

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Tony Hawk Foundation A charitable, non-profit organization, the Tony Hawk Foundation was established in 2002 by its namesake, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk. THF promotes and provides technical assistance and funds for high-quality public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States that promote healthy, active lifestyles, and to International programs that enrich the lives of youth through skateboarding. Domestically, the foundation’s Skatepark Grant program has awarded over $5.6-million to 576 communities in all 50 states. The foundation focuses on working with local officials and grassroots, community-based organizations that plan to hire designers and contractors with strong experience designing and building skateparks. The foundation’s International Program has provided financial and technical support to assist youth through the Skateistan educational programs in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa (www.skateistan.org). The Tony Hawk Foundation was established by a gift from Tony Hawk. Its directors raise additional funds through events, industry donations, and continuing contributions from Tony and other entities. For more information or to make a donation, visit the foundation’s Web site at www.tonyhawkfoundation.org. You can also visit THF on facebook and Instagram @tonyhawkfoundation, and on Twitter @THF. Special thanks to following THF partners for their ongoing support: MINI USA (www.miniusa.com), Starkey Hearing Foundation (www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org), Gumball 3000 Foundation (www.gumball3000.com), HEXBUG (www.hexbug.com), Hawk Clothing (www.kohls.com), vivint.Solar (www.GoSolar.com), Nixon (www.nixon.com), Sweetwater (www.nepinc.com), Dynacraft (www.dynacraftwheels.com), and Zumiez (www.zumiez.com).

Thrasher Magazine Editor Jake Phelps (center) joins other dignitaries at the Hilltop Skatepark ribbon cutting in San Francisco on December 3, 2016. Photo by Miki Vuckovich

Thrasher Magazine Editor Jake Phelps (center) joins other dignitaries at the Hilltop Skatepark ribbon cutting in San Francisco on December 3, 2016. Photo by Miki Vuckovich

Bones Brigade 30th Anniversary Reunion

We are delighted to announce that on Friday, September 30th, the Tony Hawk Foundation will be hosting a secret skate session in the Los Angeles area to celebrate the Bones Brigade’’s 30-year reunion!

The donation for participating is $7,000 and includes two people. This exclusive event is limited to only 30 participants, and all the proceeds from this event directly benefit the Tony Hawk Foundation’s mission to create free public skateparks for at-risk youth throughout the U.S.

For more information regarding the day’s festivities please see the attached flyer. If you have additional questions or would like to reserve your spot, e-mail lily@tonyhawkfoundation.org

This is an unforgettable private experience with the Bones Brigade that you won’t want to miss!

Bones Brigade 30th Reunion

Rural And Urban Skatepark Projects Funded By Tony Hawk Foundation

Youth leadership drives efforts to create safe skateparks in communities across America.

11 August 2016 (Vista, CA) — What do a nondescript street corner in downtown Providence, Rhode Island and the rural community of Livingston, Montana have in common? Both have been identified by local skateboarders as ideal sites for new skateparks, and both projects have received support from the Tony Hawk Foundation.

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Skaters have been patching and upgrading this plaza in downtown Providence, RI for years. Now it’ll be thoroughly renovated to meet their needs.

Skateparks are a phenomenon that has swept through communities across the country, regardless of their geographic or socio-economic status. As traditional ball sports have experienced downward trends in participation over the past decade, skateboarding has grown to more than 5.6-million participants. Yet, for most neighborhoods, a safe, sanctioned place for their youth to skate remains an unrealized dream.

Since 2002, the Tony Hawk Foundation has been working with communities around the world to promote the creation of free, quality, public skateparks. For low-income areas in the U.S., the foundation also offers grants for the construction of these much-needed facilities. The skatepark projects underway in Providence and Livingston are just two of the latest to receive financial assistance from the foundation, and both embody the greatest promise for offering local youth an active alternative to traditional sports.

Having helped open more than 500 skateparks across the country, the Tony Hawk Foundation is the leading advocacy organization supporting local grassroots efforts, and has provided guidance and training to skatepark groups for more than fifteen years. “Every skatepark is a testimonial to the community’s tenacity and commitment,” said THF Programs Director Peter Whitley. “These are facilities that will bring people together for years to come.”

Young skaters in Livingston, MT will have much more to celebrate once they complete their new skatepark.

Young skaters in Livingston, MT will have much more to celebrate once they complete their new skatepark.

In Livingston, the Tony Hawk Foundation grant will help bring a dynamic new recreational option to one of Montana’s poorest populations. “The significance of this grant will be instilled into our recreational cultural identity for many lifetimes to come,” said skatepark advocate Derek Smith. “The vast majority of recreation in America today involves athletic games that come to an end. Fortunately, THF is creating a perpetual source of positive and life-long recreational effects upon our athletic culture, our society, and most importantly, our skaters.”

Across the country in Providence, a downtown plaza that’s popular with skaters will get a facelift and be officially designated as a skatepark. “When we saw skateboarders using a public space that hadn’t been built for them, we didn’t look at them as a problem, but as a solution,” said Wendy Nilsson, Superintendent of Parks and Recreation. “And now we have a great group of people who are committed to being stewards of the park. We have a strong skateboarding community who are going to make sure our new park will be the best for skateboarders that it can be, and we also have local arts and business organizations who have embraced this project as a win for the entire neighborhood.”

Skateparks change lives, and involving youth in the process of planning, fundraising, and designing the skateparks they will one day enjoy offers even greater rewards. To receive assistance with your local project, or to learn more about the Tony Hawk Foundation and its Skatepark Grant program, visit tonyhawkfoundation.org. The next opportunity to apply for a Tony Hawk Foundation skatepark grant will be December 2016.

Summer 2016 Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grants
Livingston, Montana ($25,000)
Providence, Rhode Island ($25,000)
Houghton, Michigan ($10,000)
Gallup, New Mexico ($10,000)
Grinnell, Iowa ($5,000)
Belgrade, Montana ($5,000)

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Tony Hawk Foundation
A charitable, non-profit organization, the Tony Hawk Foundation was established in 2002 by its namesake, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk. THF promotes and provides technical assistance and funds for high-quality public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States that promote healthy, active lifestyles, and to International programs that enrich the lives of youth through skateboarding.

Domestically, the foundation’s Skatepark Grant program has awarded over $5.6-million to 574 communities in all 50 states. The foundation focuses on working with local officials and grassroots, community-based organizations that plan to hire designers and contractors with strong experience designing and building skateparks.

The foundation’s International Program has provided financial and technical support to assist youth through the Skateistan educational programs in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa (www.skateistan.org).

The Tony Hawk Foundation was established by a gift from Tony Hawk. Its directors raise additional funds through events, industry donations, and continuing contributions from Tony and other entities. For more information or to make a donation, visit the foundation’s Web site at www.tonyhawkfoundation.org. You can also visit THF on facebook and Instagram @tonyhawkfoundation, and on Twitter @THF.

Special thanks to following THF partners for their ongoing support: MINI USA (www.miniusa.com), Starkey Hearing Foundation (www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org), Gumball 3000 Foundation (www.gumball3000.com), HEXBUG (www.hexbug.com), Hawk Clothing (www.kohls.com), Vivint Solar (www.VivintSolar.com), Nixon (www.nixon.com), Sweetwater (www.nepinc.com/welcome/sweetwater), Dynacraft (www.dynacraftwheels.com), and Zumiez (www.zumiez.com).