Summer 2014 Newsletter
July 29, 2014

Summer 2014 Newsletter


Skatepark Insider

Summer 2014

From The Founder

Tony Hawk

It’s going to be a busy summer for skatepark advocates, and I’m excited to be on the road for much of it, beginning with the Grand Opening of the massive 30,000-square-foot Ann Arbor Skatepark on June 21—International Go Skateboarding Day. After that, the Birdhouse team will be on tour through the Midwest in August, and a few of those dates will feature stops at skateparks THF has helped fund.

Whatever your Summer plans are, I hope they include lots of skating, and that you have a free, public skatepark in your area. If you don’t, there’s no better time to get a skatepark project started.

If you need some help getting it going, you know who to call. And be sure to check out the new Web site. Just about everything you need to know about skatepark advocacy is right there. And anything that isn’t there is probably over at (through which you can contact THF staff).

If you’ll be in Ann Arbor, Michigan on June 21, or at one of my tour stops this Summer, I’ll see you on the road. If instead you find yourself sitting through city-council meetings to promote a local skatepark—thank you, and maybe we’ll see you at some future date at your local skatepark!

Tony Hawk

Latest News

Stand Up For Skateparks
Save The Date


THF’s annual Stand Up For Skateparks benefit returns to Beverly Hills on Sunday, September 21 with its unique family-friendly action-sports carnival. Come see Tony and a who’s-who of the skateboarding and BMX worlds perform on his personal ramp, and enjoy games, activities, live and silent auctions, and an exclusive performance by the Godfather of mash ups, DJ Z-Trip, and a special guest. Tickets will go on sale in July, but for more information head over to

Can’t make it to Stand Up For Skateparks? Then support THF by making a donation instead! It’s quick and easy, and any amount helps bring the benefits of free, public skateparks to youth who need them most.

Skatepark Grants Available


THF is currently accepting applications from communities seeking to build free, public skateparks. Projects must include local skaters in all phases of development—including the design phase, led by a professional skatepark designer—and result in a permanent concrete skatepark.

The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, June 18. For more information, visit the foundation’s Web site at THF Skatepark Grants are offered twice annually. If you miss the June deadline, the Winter 2015 grant applications will be due January 15, 2015.

Coming Soon!

ann arbor

Come see Tony Hawk, Andy Macdonald, and other pros help celebrate the Grand Opening of the new THF-supported public skatepark in Ann Arbor, Michigan on International Go Skateboarding Day—Saturday, June 21. The massive 30,000-square-foot Ann Arbor Skatepark is the Herculean achievement of the Friends Of Ann Arbor Skatepark and a 2011 Tony Hawk Foundation Grant Recipient. It features a street plaza and five bowls—including a snake run, clover bowl, kids pool, flow bowl, and kidney/combi pool. For more information on the skatepark and Grand Opening celebration, visit the Ann Arbor Skatepark on Facebook.

Public Skatepark Development Guide Now Online

The go-to manual for public skatepark development is now available online. The Public Skatepark Development Guide, a collaborative book first published by the Tony Hawk Foundation, Skaters For Public Skateparks, and the International Association Of Skateboard Companies in 2007, has been completely re-created by its author, THF Programs Director Peter Whitley, as a Web-based resource. The online version features three times more content, as well as links to related material and interactive features.

Check out the new Public Skatepark Development Guide online and get your own skatepark project started



This Spring the Tony Hawk Foundation officially launched its International Program with a $100,000 grant to Skateistan, the education and skateboarding organization that serves at-risk youth in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa. In Fall 2013, Tony Hawk had the opportunity to visit the Skateistan school and skatepark in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and just last month THF Board Member Jamie Thomas dropped in on Skateistan in Kabul, Afghanistan. Both experienced the program first-hand, and were inspired by the youth and staff they met.

Skateboarding is an incredibly motivating factor for youth around the world, and Skateistan’s programs are proof that it can be an incredible tool to change the lives of youth everywhere. Learn more about THF’s work with Skateistan.

Bowls 4 Bowls At Chipotle


Also on International Go Skateboarding Day—Saturday, June 21—be sure to hit up your local Chipotle restaurant between 4 and 8 PM and eat bowls to build bowls! Mention “Tony Hawk Foundation” and proceeds from your order will be donated to THF!

6/21/14—Go to a Chipotle restaurant between 4-8 PM, order up, mention “Tony Hawk Foundation,” and help THF build skateparks! Click the logo to find a Chipotle Mexican Grill near you.

When In Vegas


THF’s 2013 Stand Up For Skateparks hotel partner, sbe, will open its latest property, the lavish SLS Las Vegas, on Labor Day weekend. For your next visit to Vegas, be sure to book a stay at the city’s newest gem:

San Diego Tony Hawk Day

Mayor Kevin Faulconer declared May 29, 2014 Tony Hawk Day in San Diego, California at a ceremony at the city’s first public skatepark. Praised for his philanthropic work to bring the benefits of public skateparks to youth around the world, Tony was surprised and humbled by the decree, and considers it a great honor to be recognized by his hometown. THF helped fund the Washington Street Skatepark in San Diego, and is currently assisting two additional projects in the City Heights and Linda Vista communities. More Information.

THF At A Glance



THF Programs Director Peter Whitley conducted a Skatepark Summit with Los Angeles-area skatepark advocates in Compton, California on May 7, 2014. The training and networking event was co-hosted by the Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation.

Parks Just Opened
(THF Grant Recipients)

Jerome, ID

Currently open

(Grand Opening-6/28/14)

9,000 sq. ft.

Ava, MO

May 20, 2014

10,000 sq. ft.

Bingen, WA

May 6, 2014

7,350 sq. ft.

New Orleans, LA

March 2014

14,000 sq. ft.

Monte Rio, CA

May 23, 2014

10,000 sq. ft.

Bellingham, WA

May 7, 2014

7,300 sf

Lakeside, CA

April 25, 2014

12,000 sq. ft.



A special Thank You to MINI USA, Starkey Hearing Foundation, Kohl’s, the Yucaipa Companies, and our many Supporters And Partners who make our work possible.

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 $5.1-million to 544 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.

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 You can also visit THF on Facebook and Instagram @tonyhawkfoundation, and on Twitter @THF.

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