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Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Funding Now Available
December 12, 2016

Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Funding Now Available

THF dollars helped create San Francisco’s newest skatepark—is your project next?

12 December 2016 (Vista, CA) – Youth in San Francisco are enjoying their new skatepark at the city’s rebuilt Hilltop Park, and other communities can now take advantage of the same Tony Hawk Foundation construction grant that helped fund that amazing project.

Bay Area skater Zoe Safanda lifts an Andrecht hand plant over the vert bowl at the new Hilltop Skatepark in San Francisco. Photo: Miki Vuckovich

Bay Area skater Zoe Safanda lifts an Andrecht hand plant over the vert bowl at the new Hilltop Skatepark in San Francisco. Photo: Miki Vuckovich

A public skatepark typically requires funding from several sources, and over the past fifteen years the Tony Hawk Foundation has become one of the most significant, with over $5.6-million awarded to projects in all 50 States. As THF’s 519th skatepark to open, Hilltop is just the latest.

According to Will Rogers, Chief Executive Officer of The Trust for Public Land, THF’s contribution may not have been the largest, but it was pivotal. “The Trust for Public Land is deeply grateful for the Tony Hawk Foundation’s support of the Hilltop Skatepark. They didn’t just give generous financial backing, their support generated real excitement in the local community and being able to call on the Tony Hawk Foundation for technical advice and suggestions was tremendous. You can already see how popular the new design is with skaters of all ages and abilities, and we thank them for helping make that possible.”

The 16,000-square-foot concrete flow course and bowl was the result of local residents collaborating with several agencies and organizations, including San Francisco Recreation And Parks, The Trust For Public Land, Parks 94124, and the Tony Hawk Foundation.

In recent years, many THF Skatepark Grant recipients have reported that the contribution from Tony Hawk’s foundation also catalyzed their local fundraising. “The value of winning the Tony Hawk Foundation Grant cannot be measured by sheer numbers,” said Sarah Anderson, who led the Nyack, New York public skatepark to its grand opening in 2015. “The esteemed THF grant not only filled the skatepark coffer, it legitimized the project in the eyes of the public and activated donors, both public and private, to carry us forward to the finish line.”

The 16,000-square-foot Hilltop Skatepark replaces an old skatepark originally built in 1979. Photo by Miki Vuckovich

The 16,000-square-foot Hilltop Skatepark replaces an old skatepark originally built in 1979. Photo by Miki Vuckovich

The Tony Hawk Foundation accepts applications from communities for skatepark grants twice annually. The current application is live on the foundation’s Web site and will be available until January 16, 2017 at www.tonyhawkfoundation.org.

In addition to skatepark funding, THF staff assist skatepark advocates to successfully navigate the complex process of campaigning for, planning, and funding their public skateparks. In addition to reaching THF staff directly through the foundation’s Web site, advocates can learn about skatepark development at the foundation’s advocacy-resource site: www.publicskateparkguide.org.

Hilltop Skatepark is located at La Salle and Whitney Young Circle, San Francisco, CA 94124.

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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 $5.6-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), vivint.Solar (www.GoSolar.com), Nixon (www.nixon.com), Sweetwater (www.nepinc.com), Dynacraft (www.dynacraftwheels.com), and Zumiez (www.zumiez.com).

Thrasher Magazine Editor Jake Phelps (center) joins other dignitaries at the Hilltop Skatepark ribbon cutting in San Francisco on December 3, 2016. Photo by Miki Vuckovich

Thrasher Magazine Editor Jake Phelps (center) joins other dignitaries at the Hilltop Skatepark ribbon cutting in San Francisco on December 3, 2016. Photo by Miki Vuckovich