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Nashville’s Music City Skate Jam

The Music City Skate Jam brings skateboarding and country music together to benefit kids and hurricane victims.

August 2017

Music City Skate Jam To Benefit Hurricane Victims
What do you get when Tony Hawk and platinum recording artist Kip Moore get together to throw a party? An all-star skate/music event in downtown Nashville! The Music City Skate Jam will bring thousands of skate and country-music fans together on Sunday, September 10 to see Tony and Friends skate his vert ramp, followed by a Kip Moore concert. Moore’s charity, Kip’s Kids Fund, has supported the creation of skate spots in low-income communities, and proceeds from this special event will help THF and Kip’s Kids Fund further their aligned goals, as well as fund relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Harvey. GET TICKETS!

Clean Out Your Pantry For Houston
Southside Skatepark in Houston, Texas has long been a cornerstone of the Texas skate scene, hosting countless events and charity benefits. And now the park is appealing to its nationwide network of supporters to assist victims of the Houston floods by donating food, water, diapers, baby products, and pet food. Southside’s original appeal for warm clothing resulted in such a positive response that they are at-capacity with clothing. Donations of food, water, diapers, baby products, and pet food are still needed and can be shipped to Southside Skatepark, 510 Iowa ST., Houston, TX 77587. For updates on the Southside Skatepark food drive, follow @southsidehtx on Instagram. MORE INFORMATION

If Palouse Can Do It …
In Eastern Washington, practically on the Idaho border, is the town of Palouse, a community of 998 residents. It’s not on any major highway, there are no big-box stores, and Main Street is about two blocks long. Except for the sound of agriculture, Palouse is a quiet town.

It seems an unlikely place for a skatepark. READ MORE

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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 588 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 the following THF partners for their ongoing support: MINI USA (www.miniusa.com), Starkey Hearing Foundation, Gumball 3000 Foundation, Hawk Clothing, Birdhouse Skateboards, Tony Hawk Eyewear, RIDE Channel, Dynacraft, Roxiticus Foundation, and Zumiez.

If Palouse Can Do It …

A remote community with less than a thousand residents wraps up its skatepark project.

Palouse, Washington is building an ambitious skatepark for its 998 residents.


In Eastern Washington, practically on the Idaho border, is the town of Palouse, a community of 998 residents. It’s not on any major highway, there are no big-box stores, and Main Street is about two blocks long. Except for the sound of agriculture, Palouse is a quiet town.

It seems an unlikely place for a skatepark.

Everyone in Palouse is pitching in to build their skatepark.

Yet, there are young people in Palouse who would benefit by having a positive, healthy place to gather and be active. This is the opportunity that Aaron Flansburg saw when he first approached city council with the idea of a skatepark in 2012. Starting with the Public Skatepark Development Guide, Flansburg and his cadre of advocates worked with the town to find the optimal site and begin raising funds for the new Tony Kettel Skate Garden. When the project encountered obstacles, Aaron called THF for a series of consultations and, with THF’s support, the Tony Kettel Skate Garden found a home and began fundraising.

When the time was right, Flansburg and his group applied for a grant from THF for the Tony Kettel Skate Garden project. The application included all the indicators of a project successful: lots of involvement from local youth, broad support from the community, and a local government willing to coordinate different parts of the skatepark effort.

The Tony Hawk Foundation awarded the Tony Kettel Skate Garden in Palouse, Washington $15,000 in 2016. The skatepark will open this Fall.

You can get your skatepark project started by visiting www.tonyhawkfoundation.org.

Skatepark signage en route to its new home.

Music City Skate Jam with Tony Hawk and Kip Moore


Join us on Sunday, September 10 in Nashville, Tennessee for this family-friendly benefit, which includes a Vert Demo with Tony Hawk & Friends, plus a musical performance by country superstar Kip Moore!

All proceeds from this incredible day will support the Tony Hawk Foundation and Kip’s Kids Fund, both whom are dedicated to raising funds to empower youth through the creation of public skateparks.

To order tickets or VIP Passes, visit www.kipmoore.net/music-city-skate-jam.

Where On Earth Is Alturas?

Diminutive hamlet in California’s far North steps up big for its kids.

“These kids come from a little bit tougher homes, and sometimes don’t do well in school,“ said skatepark advocate De Funk. “But I believe now they’re doing better in school and have a clearer vision of what they want to do later in life.”


8/1/17 (Vista, California) — When the two nearest skateparks are located across State lines, you know your community needs one if its own. Such is the situation in tiny Alturas, California (population 2,900), where local skaters have to travel to Oregon or Nevada to ride. But with a grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation, the skaters of Alturas will have their own skatepark much sooner than they thought.

When they walked into a town council meeting in 2014 to ask about building a public skatepark, the skaters probably didn’t expect they’d still be working on the project in 2017. And when the Alturas town council approved the project, they also likely didn’t expect to see those kids stick with it. But they did.

“By [the town council] taking on this project, it said a lot to the skate community—that we care about what they care about,” said Alturas skatepark advocate De Funk. “Because of that, they’ve become very active in this project. They now have a voice, and they see that the community cares about them.”

Thanks to Funk and her youth advocates’ success in building community support for the project, the Alturas Skatepark earned the Tony Hawk Foundation’s top grant this Summer, bringing them $25,000 closer to their $310,000 fundraising goal.

“These kids come from a little bit tougher homes, and sometimes don’t do well in school,“ said Funk. “But I believe now they’re doing better in school and have a clearer vision of what they want to do later in life. The kids we took, most people wouldn’t want to spend a day with them. But I’ve found that they are terrific kids, they just don’t fit in with traditional sports culture.”

For Alturas and many communities currently in the process of creating a new public skatepark for their youth, there is still much more fundraising and community-outreach work to be done. Lucky for them, the Tony Hawk Foundation is a resource they can rely on for guidance throughout the process—from planning to fundraising to construction—in addition to THF’s grant program.

“The gratitude and appreciation we feel toward the Tony Hawk Foundation is difficult to express,” said Funk. “They see what we see in the value of this project, serving this remote and underprivileged community.”

With 532 skateparks across all 50 States having received some of their funding from the foundation, THF has invested in nearly 20 percent of current U.S. public skateparks. In addition to Alturas, seven other projects join the list of projects still in the works, but accelerated by THF’s assistance and funding.

Summer 2017 THF Grant Recipients

$25,000
Alturas, California

$15,000
Morganton, North Carolina

$10,000
New Port Richey, Florida
Quakertown, Pennsylvania
Zelienople, Pennsylvania

$5,000
Ponsford, Minnesota
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Bethel, Vermont

The next opportunity to apply for a Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grant is in December 2017, but communities seeking assistance with their public-skatepark projects are urged to reach out to foundation staff to review their plans and prepare for the next grant season. For more information about resources available from the Tony Hawk Foundation, visit www.tonyhawkfoundation.org.

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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 588 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 the following THF partners for their ongoing support: MINI USA, Starkey Hearing Foundation, Gumball 3000 Foundation, Hawk Clothing, Nixon, Dynacraft, Roxiticus Foundation, and Zumiez.

Skatepark Insider – August 2017

Skaters from Alturas, California visiting their nearest skatepark— in Reno, Nevada. Their advocacy group was awarded the Tony Hawk Foundation’s top grant this Summer to help create a skatepark in Alturas.

Where On Earth Is Alturas?
When the two nearest skateparks are located across State lines, you know your community needs one if its own. Such is the situation in tiny Alturas, California (population 2,900), where local skaters have to travel to Oregon or Nevada to ride. But with a grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation, the skaters of Alturas will have their own skatepark much sooner than they thought. SEE WHO ELSE GOT A THF GRANT

Get Thee to City Hall
Public parks are the direct result of community engagement. Decisions are made based on who shows up. As a result, one of the biggest obstacles to skatepark creation is the lack of youth representation during community-input meetings. City leaders and Parks Departments across the nation make decisions based on the voices of those who attend community-planning meetings.

One of the Tony Hawk Foundation’s goals is to encourage young people and their supporters to introduce themselves to their local decision makers and have their needs be heard. Every skatepark that exists today is the direct result of community engagement by local skatepark proponents. Getting teenagers into City Council meetings is one of our daily tasks that gets little attention.

That first City Council meeting is a litmus test for most novice skatepark advocates. Approaching the podium with a handful of notes and delivering the rehearsed plea for a new public skatepark is a make-or-break moment for any new project. Most people walk away from the meeting filled with excitement and hope… a lot like landing a new trick for the first time. The lesson is clear: Preparation and hard work pays off.

At the Tony Hawk Foundation, we endeavor to be with every group as they take this challenge. We have experience and encouragement to share with groups, whether they’re just starting out or in the final stretch. If you, or someone you know, is interested in getting a new skatepark project launched, give THF a call or drop us a line.

We are here to help.

To find out more, visit tonyhawkfoundation.org and publicskateparkguide.org.

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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 588 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 the following THF partners for their ongoing support: MINI USA, Starkey Hearing Foundation, Gumball 3000 Foundation, Hawk Clothing, Nixon, Dynacraft, Roxiticus Foundation, and Zumiez.

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).