Youth of San Bernardino County are on track to create a world-class skatepark.
9 March 2017 (Vista, CA) – When all seemed lost, the youth of Redlands rallied and rekindled the dream—their dream of a world-class skatepark where kids from all over could come together and share the sport they love. Recognizing their ambition and the work they’ve done to achieve it, the Tony Hawk Foundation recently awarded the project $25,000—the largest award in the foundation’s latest round of skatepark grants.
In 2006, efforts to create a public skatepark in this community east of Los Angeles began in earnest, but never gained the momentum necessary to complete the project. It took a group of skaters to pick up the pieces and articulate a true vision of what they wanted to build. In 2013, they formed the Friends Of Redlands Skatepark coalition, and since 2015 have been working with the Tony Hawk Foundation to connect with local leaders and develop their plan for success.
After completing some of their preliminary work, including local fundraising events, FORS applied for the THF grant. They knew they had come a long way with their project, but the Redlands advocates were still unsure if they would qualify. “The Redlands project was this semester’s standout,” said THF Programs Director Peter Whitley. “The Friends of Redlands Skatepark has done everything right—they’ve had successful fundraisers, connected with the appropriate planning agencies, and engaged at all levels of the community and local government.”
“This award is already generating so much stoke throughout the community,” said Maureen Perez of Friends Of Redlands Skatepark. “People want to see huge things happen. The THF grant is definitely that big thing!”
A total of nine skatepark projects received grant awards from the Tony Hawk Foundation this Spring. While each project is unique to its community, they all address the universal need for safe, sanctioned spaces for youth to skate and be with like-minded individuals who share a love for skateboarding. “We received applications from every corner of the nation this semester, and the quality of projects is terrific,” said Whitley. “From New Hampshire to California, Washington to Florida, the projects represent thousands of volunteer hours from people dedicated to improving the lives of youth in their communities.”
Spring 2017 THF Skatepark Grant Recipients
Redlands California ($25,000)
Birmingham, Alabama ($10,000)
Defuniak Springs, Florida ($10,000)
Fallbrook, California ($10,000)
Watertown, South Dakota ($10,000)
Glacier, Washington ($5,000)
Lebanon, New Hampshire ($5,000)
Rio Vista, California ($5,000)
Sheboygan, Wisconsin ($5,000)
The Tony Hawk Foundation will offer skatepark grants again this Summer.
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 $5.7-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.
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 donation page. 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), Hawk Clothing (www.kohls.com), GoSolar.com (www.GoSolar.com), Nixon (www.nixon.com), Sweetwater (www.sweetwater.com), Dynacraft (www.dynacraftwheels.com), and Zumiez (www.zumiez.com).