Tony Hawk stands up for Las Vegas skatepark.

Posted: November 9, 2009

The legendary skateboarder partied to raise funds for Freedom Skatepark in East Las Vegas.

Kevin Staab

Kevin Staab

This Saturday, Tony Hawk walked on water.

Actually, he skated on water.

The legendary skateboarder and nine-time X Games gold medalist took over the Wynn Las Vegas pool Saturday afternoon, covering the pool area with flooring, erecting a massive vert ramp and welcoming guests to his foundation’s Stand Up for Skateparks fundraiser, held for the first time in Las Vegas.

The seven-year-old Tony Hawk Foundation raises money to build skateparks in low-income communities across the U.S., and in its short life it has already helped fund more than 400 parks all over the country. Last year, the Tony Hawk Foundation built a park in Compton, Calif., and on Saturday, the Tony Hawk Foundation turned its attention to Las Vegas, bringing its twice-annual fundraiser to the Strip and raising money to revamp East Las Vegas skater haven Freedom Skatepark.

“The Freedom Park is really outdated and not a good facility as it is,” Hawk explained as he walked the red carpet outside his party. “We thought we could really update and revamp that and show that we’re really giving back to this community as we do our event here.”

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