Skatepark Insider: And The Winner Is … | Dedicate Your Birthday | Oakland Summit
March 9, 2017

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
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


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:


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