Vista, CA (August 4, 2014) – Skaters, parents, and other supporters working to build free, public skateparks across the U.S. were recognized for their efforts by skateboarding legend Tony Hawk and his nonprofit Tony Hawk Foundation. The twelve-year-old organization assists grassroots citizen groups with critical technical assistance and guidance throughout the skatepark-development process, and also awards grants to help pay for construction.
The latest communities to receive THF Skatepark Grants include twelve projects in nine states, from California to Maine. The foundation’s top award went to Nyack, New York, a small upstate community that exemplifies the collaborative grassroots spirit that THF promotes. Local youth are active, integral members of the Nyack Needs A Skatepark organization, having collected over 1,000 signatures of support in a village of less than 7,000 residents. And support for the project pervades the community, local businesses, and continues all the way through City Hall.
“It is an absolute honor to receive this award from an organization that is admired and venerated throughout the country, and indeed the world,” said Sarah Anderson of Nyack Needs A Skatepark. “Formal recognition by the Tony Hawk Foundation gives true legs to our project, and we now run with determination to the finish line.”
All of the Summer 2014 Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grant recipients are striving to create quality, concrete skateparks, designed and built by experienced skatepark specialists to provide their youth with decades of active healthy fun:
Nyack, New York ($25,000)
San Francisco, California ($15,000)
Amherst, New York ($7,500)
Bar Harbor, Maine ($7,500)
Breckenridge, Minnesota ($7,500)
Falmouth, Massachusetts ($7,500)
Middleton, Idaho ($7,500)
North Shore, California ($7,500)
Othello, Washington ($7,500)
Union Gap, Washington ($7,500)
Winamac, Indiana ($7,500)
Zephyrhills, Florida ($7,500)
“Skateboarders, long relegated to finding recreational outlets in alleys and parking garages, find their collective voice when it comes to skatepark advocacy,” said THF Programs Director Peter Whitley. “The results are transformative, not just for the skateboarders but often for the community.”
The next opportunity to apply for Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grants will be in January 2015. For more information, visit www.tonyhawkfoundation.org.
Individuals and community groups who would like to pursue a free, public skatepark should begin by reading the Public Skatepark Development Guide, which is now online at www.publicskateparkguide.org. Since it was first published as a book in 2007, this collaboration between the Tony Hawk Foundation, the International Association Of Skateboard Companies, and Skaters For Public Skateparks has become an indispensable resource for skatepark advocates.
This Fall, the Tony Hawk Foundation’s annual Stand Up For Skateparks benefit returns to Beverly Hills, California. The family-friendly action-sports carnival will feature games, giveaways, food, a special musical performance by DJ Z-Trip and Special Guests, and a Vert Demo with Tony and an all-star cast of skate and BMX pros. For more information about this exclusive event, visit www.standupforskateparks.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 $5.2-million to 556 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.