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Is Your County Discounting Skateparks?

“The project has definitely benefited the community. The youth have a space to call their own, and they have invested to better their community for the kids who come after them. It also benefits local business, as the kids are not skating downtown in unwanted areas.” —Stephanie House, Newman, California


July 2017

Which Counties Count?
We recently shook down U.S. States to find out which are doing the best job of providing free, public skateparks (and which aren’t—Who’s Winning At Skateparks? [link to: http://tonyhawkfoundation.org/whos-winning-at-skateparks/ ]). But who’s gonna do anything about an entire State that’s skatepark-deficient? That would be a bit daunting.

So, this month we present the Best and Worst Counties as regards skatepark level of service. These are the Counties that are doing the best job, and some that are doing nothing at all, to meet the needs of their skateboarding citizens. Do you live in one of these Counties? SEE HOW YOUR COUNTY SCORES

New Skateparks

Houston, Texas
Burnett Bayland Park: 6000 Chimney Rock, Houston, TX 70081

Arvin, California
DiGiorgio Skatepark: Meyer ST and Haven DR, Arvin, CA 93203

Tillamook, Oregon
Godspeed Park: Delmonte AVE and Third ST, Tillamook, OR 97141

Sacramento, California
Argonaut Skatepark: 1400 Dickson AVE, Sacramento, CA 95822

Macon, Georgia
Central City Skatepark: 180 Willie Smokie Glover DR, Macon, GA 31201

Newman, California
Lions Park: 629 Orestimba RD, Newman, CA 95360

Winterset, Iowa
Winterset Area Skatepark: 500 South 4th AVE, Winterset, IA 50273

Bar Harbor, Maine
Bar Harbor Skatepark: 22 Park ST, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Macon, Georgia’s new Central City Skatepark


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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 $5.7-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), GoSolar.com (www.GoSolar.com), Nixon (www.nixon.com), Sweetwater (www.sweetwater.com), Dynacraft (www.dynacraftwheels.com), and  Zumiez (www.zumiez.com).

Counties That Count

Every skatepark begins with someone asking, “Why don’t we have a skatepark?” Locals in Newman, California celebrating the completion of their new public skatepark. (Photo courtesy of Stephanie House)

We recently shook down U.S. States to find out which are doing the best job of providing access to free, public skateparks (and which aren’t—Who’s Winning At Skateparks? http://tonyhawkfoundation.org/whos-winning-at-skateparks/). But who’s gonna do anything about an entire State that’s skatepark-deficient? That would be a bit daunting.

So, this month we present the Best and Worst Counties as regards skatepark level of service. These are the Counties that are doing the best job and some that are doing nothing at all to meet the needs of their skateboarding citizens.

Do you live in one of these Counties? Well, even those doing their best to provide skateparks are well under 100-percent level of service (in other words, they still need plenty more). But for those of you living in the Counties at the bottom of the list, here’s some encouragement: The only way to go is up.

Most Counties are made up of several cities or towns. So, really, the guilty parties in underserved areas aren’t necessarily the County administrations. The City governments within those Counties should be doing their part, and the County administration should be addressing the need in the unincorporated (non-city) areas. But they aren’t likely to take the initiative on their own.

Every new project starts with an advocate raising the question: “Why don’t we have a skatepark?” And that advocate is you.

Check out this data, find out how many skateparks are in your area. Then go to www.tonyhawkfoundation.org to learn how we can help you get started to create a new public skatepark right in your town.

Or County.

 

Large Central Metropolitan (“Inner City” Counties)

95,794,160 Residents (31% of U.S. Population)

Recommend: 2,394 Skateparks

Currently: 648 Skateparks (24% of U.S. Skateparks)

Need: 1,746 Skateparks

Need Met: 27%

 

Large Central Metropolitan counties with highest Level Of Service (# of skateparks)

Salt Lake County, UT – Pop. 1,107,314 (20)

King County, WA – Pop. 2,117,125 (38)

Jackson County, MO – Pop. 687,623 (12)

Hennepin County, MN – Pop. 1,223,148 (19)

Multnomah County, OR – Pop. 790,294 (10)

 

Large Central Metropolitan counties with lowest Level Of Service (# of skateparks)

Jefferson County, AL – Pop. 660,367 (0)

Mecklenburg County, NC – Pop. 1,034,070 (0)

Miami-Dade County, FL – Pop. 2,693,117 (2)

Fulton County, GA – Pop. 1,010,562 (1)

Dallas County, TX – Pop. 2,553,385 (3)

 

Large Fringe Metropolitan (“Suburban” Counties)

77,488,865 Residents (25% of U.S. Population)

Recommend: 1,937 Skateparks

Currently: 567 Skateparks (21% of U.S. Skateparks)

Need: 1,370 Skateparks

Need Met: 29%

 

Large Fringe Metropolitan counties with highest Level Of Service (# of skateparks)

Park County, CO – Pop. 16,510 (2)

Gallatin County, KY – Pop. 8,636 (1)

Clear Creek County, CO – Pop. 9,303 (1)

Fredericksburg (independent city), VA – Pop. 28,118 (2)

Williamsburg (independent city), VA – Pop. 15,052 (1)

 

Large Fringe Metropolitan counties with lowest Level Of Service (# of skateparks)

Montgomery County, PA – Pop. 819,264 (0)

Anne Arundel County, MD – Pop. 564,195 (0)

Bristol County, MA – Pop. 556,772 (0)

Jefferson County, LA – Pop. 436,275 (0)

Chesterfield County, VA – Pop. 335,687 (0)

 

Medium Metropolitan (“Isolated City” Counties)

65,473,964 Residents (21% of U.S. Population)

Recommend: 1,636 Skateparks

Currently: 524 (19% of U.S. Skateparks)

Need: 1,112 Skateparks

Need Met: 32%

 

Medium Metropolitan counties with highest Level Of Service (# of skateparks)

Pend Oreille County, WA – Pop. 13,088 (2)

Boise County, ID – Pop. 7,058 (1)

Morgan County, UT – Pop. 11,065 (1)

Teller County, CO – Pop. 23,385 (2)

Stevens County, WA – Pop. 43,791 (3)

 

Medium Metropolitan counties with lowest Level Of Service (# of skateparks)

New Haven County, CT – Pop. 859,470 (0)

Guilford County, NC – Pop. 517,600 (0)

Mobile County, AL – Pop. 415,395 (0)

Forsyth County, NC – Pop. 369,019 (0)

Lehigh County, PA – Pop. 360,685 (0)

 

Small Metropolitan (“Small Town” Counties)

28,907,451 Residents (9% of U.S. Population)

Recommend: 722 Skateparks

Currently: 304 (11% of U.S. Skateparks)

Need: 418 Skateparks

Need Met: 42%

 

Small Metropolitan counties with highest Level Of Service (# of skateparks)

Martin County, TX – Pop. 5,641 (1)

Cotton County, OK – Pop 5,996 (1)

Howard County, NE – Pop. 6,409 (1)

Custer County, SD – Pop. 8,446 (1)

Benton County, IN – Pop. 8,681 (1)

 

Small Metropolitan counties with lowest Level Of Service (# of skateparks)

Champaign County, IL – Pop. 208,861 (0)

Okaloosa County, FL – Pop. 198,664 (0)

Broome County, NY – Pop. 196,567 (0)

McLean County, IL – Pop. 173,166 (0)

Muskegon County, MI – Pop. 172,790 (0)

 

Micropolitan

27,216,731 Residents (9% of U.S. Population)

Recommend: 1,088 Skateparks

Currently: 396 (14% of U.S. Skateparks)

Need: 692 Skateparks

Need Met: 64%

 

Micropolitan counties with highest Level Of Service (# of skateparks)

Morrow County, OR – Pop. 11,190 (2)

Menifee County, KY – Pop. 6,358 (1)

Wilkin County, MN – Pop. 6,396 (1)

Douglas County, NV – Pop. 47,710 (7)

Dare County, NC – Pop. 35,663 (5)

 

Micropolitan counties with lowest Level Of Service (# of skateparks)

Allegan County, MI – Pop. 114,625 (0)

LaSalle County, IL – Pop. 111,333 (0)

Navajo County, AZ – Pop. 108,277 (0)

Columbiana County, OH – Pop. 104,806 (0)

Ashtabula County, OH – Pop. 98,632 (0)

 

Noncore

19,032,869 Residents (6% of U.S. Population)

Recommend: 761 Skateparks

Currently: 297 (11% of U.S. Skateparks)

Need: 464 Skateparks

Need Met: 39%

 

Noncore counties with highest Level Of Service (# of skateparks)

Haines County, AK – Pop. 2,534 (2)

Lake of the Woods County, MN – Pop. 3,923 (2)

Mellette County, SD – Pop. 2,050 (1)

Wheatland County, MT – Pop. 2,110 (1)

Ouray County, CO – Pop. 4,691 (2)

 

Noncore counties with lowest Level Of Service (# of skateparks)

Aroostook County, ME – Pop. 68,628 (0)

Sampson County, NC – Pop. 63,724 (0)

Pike County, KY – Pop. 61,792 (0)

Duplin County, NC – Pop. 59,159 (0)

Columbus County, NC – Pop. 56,694 (0)

What’s Your Problem? (Skateparks are a Solution)



What’s Your Problem? (Skateparks are a Solution)

There are many important reasons to invest in public skateparks. There are the benefits of increased physical activity, improvements in social health, and the gains made from positive youth engagement, among others. But beyond these benefits, skateparks also address a number of issues facing youth and their communities. SEE OUR TOP 5

Fund Your Skatepark!

You know that THF can help guide you through the skatepark-development maze. But did you know that your community may be eligible to apply for a Tony Hawk Foundation construction grant? Full eligibility criteria, grant submission deadlines, and the application are available on the foundation’s Web site. Applications are due June 14, 2017: APPLY NOW

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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 $5.7-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), GoSolar.com (www.GoSolar.com), Nixon (www.nixon.com), Sweetwater (www.sweetwater.com), Dynacraft (www.dynacraftwheels.com), and  Zumiez (www.zumiez.com).

Skateparks Work

What’s Your Problem?

There are many important reasons to invest in public skateparks. There are the benefits of increased physical activity, improvements in social health, and the gains made from positive youth engagement, among others. But beyond these benefits, skateparks also address a number of issues facing youth and their communities.

 

What’s The Skate Of Your State? + THF Skatepark Grants Available!

States Of Skateparks
It’s no secret that it’s better to be a skateboarder in some places than others. We looked at where the skateparks are to determine what U.S. States had the most skateparks per resident. See what we found: BEST STATES

THF Grants Available NOW!
Communities seeking to create free public skateparks are encouraged to apply for Tony Hawk Foundation construction grants, which are awarded to qualifying projects serving low-income residents. Full eligibility criteria and the application are available on the foundation’s Web site. Applications are due June 14, 2017: APPLY

Oregon Defends Skateparks
Long considered the cradle of modern public skateparks, Oregon is home to Burnside and many other legendary skateparks, whose local builders have gone on to form the nucleus of today’s skatepark industry. But after a recent court case questioned the protection Oregon cities enjoyed under State law, the Legislature has taken up the issue to clarify the use of public-use parks, including the State’s 100 skateparks. GO

Kanab Skatepark, Utah

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Kanabulations!
Initiated by local City Council Member Cheryl Brown in 2012, the Kanab Skatepark project received tremendous support from the community. Local skaters soon began working through their art class to develop 3D concepts of the skatepark to inform their professional designer, along with a branding and marketing plan. In 2013, the project received a THF Skatepark Grant, and in November 2016 the Kanab Skatepark and pump track opened to the public!

Kanab Skatepark: W 450 North St, Kanab, UT 84741

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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 $5.7-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), GoSolar.com (www.GoSolar.com), Nixon (www.nixon.com), Sweetwater (www.sweetwater.com), Dynacraft (www.dynacraftwheels.com), and  Zumiez (www.zumiez.com).

Who’s Winning At Skateparks?

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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 $5.7-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), GoSolar.com (www.GoSolar.com), Nixon (www.nixon.com), Sweetwater (www.sweetwater.com), Dynacraft (www.dynacraftwheels.com), and  Zumiez (www.zumiez.com).