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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.

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).

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 – 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:

Skatepark Grants Available

Tony Hawk Foundation continues to fund skateparks in low-income communities.

Entering its fourteenth year supporting at-risk youth, the Tony Hawk Foundation has opened its application for grants to help fund the construction of free, public skateparks in low-income communities across the U.S.

Tony Hawk tests out the new transitions at the Lakeside, California public skatepark. In their pursuit of a quality, concrete skatepark, advocacy group Friends Of The Lakeside Skatepark sought Technical Assistance from the Tony Hawk Foundation since they launched their project in 2009, and later qualified for a THF Skatepark Grant. Photo by Jody Morris.

December 17, 2014 (Vista, CA) – Entering its fourteenth year supporting at-risk youth, the Tony Hawk Foundation has opened its application for grants to help fund the construction of free, public skateparks in low-income communities across the U.S. Applications can be accessed via the foundation’s Web site at www.tonyhawkfoundation.org, and are being accepted through January 19, 2015.

Since 2002, THF has promoted the development of safe, sanctioned spaces for youth to skateboard through tactical technical assistance, as well as funding. To-date, the foundation has awarded over $5.2-million dollars to help create 557 public skateparks in all 50 States. THF also supports international programming that enriches the lives of youth through skateboarding.

Domestically, THF’s support for the creation of free public skateparks continues to have great positive impact in the 465 communities that have completed their skateparks, thus far. “Every skatepark is the result of local youth declaring to their community that they need recreational access, too,” says THF Programs Director Peter Whitley. “Wherever you see a skatepark, you are looking at thousands of hours of volunteer work.”

THF’s Technical Assistance Program is designed to help those volunteers demystify the process of navigating City Hall to make a public skatepark a priority for their communities. “Through THF’s technical assistance, advocates are given advice on how to embark on their skatepark campaign,” says Whitley. “They learn how to face adversity with positive response, build consensus, and find funding for a skateboarding facility that will last for generations to come.”

The best place for skatepark advocates to start is www.publicskateparkguide.org. Created in conjunction with the nonprofit Skaters For Public Skateparks (www.skatepark.org) and the International Association Of Skateboard Companies (www.TheIASC.org), the Public Skatepark Development Guide covers the entire skatepark-development process, including information on management and programming your new public skatepark. The Public Skatepark Development Guide was written by THF Programs Director Peter Whitley, with input from dozens of successful skatepark advocates across the U.S., and is the most cited resource among past THF Skatepark Grant applicants.

For more information about the Tony Hawk Foundation or to access the skatepark-grant application, visit www.tonyhawkfoundation.org.

THF’s annual Holiday Auction is also currently live on eBay. Featuring several unique items and experiences, the Holiday Auction is one of several annual THF fundraising initiatives that help support the programs and services the foundation offers. Bid on a custom Triumph motorcycle, Tony Hawk’s personal used skateboard, signed Taylor Guitars, VIP access to Lollapalooza, a SONY Action Cam bundle, and more at www.THFauction.org. Auction closes Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 10 AM (PST).

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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 $5.2-million to 557 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 technical support and awarded $100,000 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.