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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).

Skatepark Insider – The Ultimate Showdown: Skater vs NIMBY

Top 10 Skatepark Disputes
Whether it’s skater vs. bureaucrat, skater vs. NIMBY, or even skater vs. skater, a whole lot of time and energy can be wasted resolving the conflicts that arise when pursuing a public skatepark. Identify and address potential disputes early, and keep your focus on the end result—a quality concrete skatepark in your community. GO

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Bargin’ Arvin
Arvin, California’s new skatepark is open for shredding. But in the weeks leading up to the official opening, locals made their way into the park to find … other kids in the park. Go figure. WATCH

Houston, We Have A Skatepark!
A group of Houston teens never imagined they would have a hand in bringing their dream to life—until they got the chance to design their perfect skatepark. READ



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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 594 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).

Top 10 Skatepark Development Disputes

This could be YOU–advocacy at work in Vista, California. Sit in and be counted.

Skatepark advocacy efforts are always challenging. Very few skateparks go quickly from idea to reality. The average project requires more than three years of organizing, planning, and fundraising. The reason they take so long is partly due to the following ten disputes. Solve or avoid these and you’ll eliminate months or years of unnecessary delays!

1. Core Group versus Core Group
Some members of the core advocacy group prefer an expedient location and/or pursue a more humble skatepark while others within the core group want to hold out for a better skatepark and/or at a more central location, which will likely extend the duration of the project.

Solution: Have a frank discussion with the city regarding these critical decisions so that everyone understands what’s at stake and what the options are. Then have the group and skateboarding community vote.

2. Core Group versus City
The core group wants a larger facility at an optimal location, while the city is proposing a smaller facility at a more remote or out-of-the-way site.

Solution: Have the city clearly define what their objectives are for the skatepark, and see if the desired location can be expressed in a way that better meets their needs.

3. Core Group versus Fiscal Manager
The core group has raised funds for the skatepark and the fiscal manager is charging a service fee for “storing” the money, or is drawing from that account for small skatepark-related expenses.

Solution: Move the account to a more supportive fiscal sponsor. Do not enter into any fiscal-sponsor agreement without establishing terms in writing. While many nonprofit organizations require an administration fee for providing fiscal-sponsorship services, these should be clear and communicated to you in writing.

4. Street Skaters versus Transition Skaters
Street skaters claim majority privilege in pushing for a street-dominant design, while transition skaters claim a lack of naturally occurring terrain for them.

Solution: The skatepark should reflect the interests of the community proportionally. We recommend a 60% street, 40% transition arrangement when there are terrain disputes.

5. NIMBYs versus Skaters
Neighbors of a proposed skatepark site oppose what they feel will be damage caused by environmental or cultural impact from the new skatepark, while skaters claim that the skatepark will result in a healthier, happier community.

Solution: Avoid discussing possible locations for as long as possible. After the idea of a skatepark (“somewhere in town”) is broadly accepted by the community, use specific site-selection criteria to evaluate candidate sites. If neighbors oppose the skatepark’s proposed location, ask them what specific qualities you should be looking for in an optimal skatepark site.

6. Skatepark Fundraisers versus The Economy
Advocates and volunteers work tirelessly to raise funds for the skatepark, while agencies with access to larger budgets remain uninvolved and/or disinterested in the skatepark project.

Solution: Fundraising is the longest and most difficult stage of skatepark development. When there are no specific funding activities, shift your focus to raising community awareness … Funding will follow.

7. Skaters versus Designers
Skaters have invested years of work and raised thousands of dollars and feel that the skatepark designer is not producing the facility that they had expected.

Solution: Work with your city planners to develop the most restrictive bidding requirements that will still allow experienced designers to bid on the project. If the designer is already hired, ask them questions about the cost of various elements in the park. They should be able to answer any questions you have about the design. Make every effort to get experienced skateboarders appointed to review committees.

8. Everyone versus Builders
Construction of the skatepark is awarded to the lowest bidder, who happens to be inexperienced in skatepark construction, resulting in a flawed facility.

Solution: Work with the city on bidding requirements. If the project has already been awarded to an inexperienced or unsatisfactory builder, see if there’s an opportunity to enlist an experienced builder or designer to provide on-site supervision during construction. Ensure that the city understands how shoddy construction can render a skatepark unusable.

9. Cops versus Skaters
Local law enforcement has been cracking down on street skating, resulting in tickets and court dates for an activity that many people feel is benign.

Solution: Organize a small group of skaters that have been impacted by law-enforcement activities to explain their situation to city council. You may be able to relax enforcement or have the no-skateboarding ordinance boundaries adjusted.

10. Skaters versus Gravity
Skateboarding is hard and falling sucks.

Solution: Wear a helmet and/or don’t fall (good luck with the latter).

If you or your group is experiencing one of these disputes, contact the Tony Hawk Foundation at contact@tonyhawkfoundation.org. We’re happy to work with you to help resolve your situation. If you want to get started on your local skatepark project, head over to publicskateparkguide.org for all your skatepark advocacy information.

We can’t help you with the gravity situation, though. Sorry.

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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 594 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).

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).

Skatepark Insider: And The Winner Is … | Dedicate Your Birthday | Oakland Summit

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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