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From Sea To Grinding Sea

From Anchorage, Alaska to Port Chester, New York, the Tony Hawk Foundation announces the latest recipients of its skatepark grants. Since 2002, THF has been assisting local leaders and community groups in the planning and funding of their free, public skateparks, and these latest grant recipients represent not only geographic diversity, but include everything from a rural village to a major metropolis.

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City Skatepark Versus Country Skatepark

The Tony Hawk Foundation spends a lot of time studying skateparks. One thing that we’ve noticed is that the size and density of a community has a big impact on what kind of challenges a skatepark group is likely to face there. 

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The Average And The Ideal

Tony Hawk Foundation staff are introduced to a lot of skatepark projects and have a sense of an average “community skatepark effort.” While every project is unique, the sequence of challenges remains more or less the same.

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The First Fifty

With well over 600 skatepark projects awarded grants across the nation, the Tony Hawk Foundation has developed a deep understanding about what works in skate places.

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Defining Skatepark Success

The benefits of a skatepark are complex; there is the undeniable physical activity, and also the social interactions between people of different backgrounds and neighborhoods.

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Where Are All The Skateparks?

It’s well known that certain parts of the country are famous for their multitude of great skateparks. But did you know which regions are skatepark deserts? Or that the most populated cities in the U.S. have less than 25% of the skateparks they need? (We’re looking at you, Los Angeles and New York City.)

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Skateparks Big And Small

Your town doesn’t have to be a Metropolis to need a skatepark. The Tony Hawk Foundation has understood this since it began its work in 2002, assisting communities large and small to create free, quality public skateparks throughout the U.S., and helping fund them through the foundation’s Skatepark Grant Program.

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Tony Hawk Foundation Helps Build Community

At the Tony Hawk Foundation, we spend most of our program time helping communities solve their skatepark issues. We hear from folks everywhere about skatepark efforts. Through these conversations we’ve seen that fundraising remains the single largest challenge to public skatepark development.

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10 Steps To Your Own Public Skatepark

Every day Tony Hawk Foundation staff take questions from people interested in a new local place to skate. Some of these calls and e-mails are from folks who are having difficulty with the skatepark-development process and need assistance, but many of them are from people just starting out.

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Tony Hawk Foundation Supports Skateboarding Research Project

After sixteen years of helping create more than 500 skateparks nationwide, the Tony Hawk Foundation is looking to build on its success of serving youth. In order to do so, the organization has awarded a $264,000 research grant to the University Of Southern California’s acclaimed Pullias Center For Higher Education to conduct a study about the youth who use skateparks, and what they may need to advance their education or career choices.

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Skatepark Grants Available Now

Skatepark grants available for projects nationwide, with a special opportunity for Southeast Michigan and Western New York.

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Why Are Skatepark Costs Rising?

We love understanding skateparks and have plenty of enthusiasm for diving into skatepark-related questions. One question that keeps us up at night is: Why are skateparks more expensive today?

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Look What Arvin Built!

Look What Arvin Built!

Hoping to check out their skatepark, Tony Hawk Foundation staff visited Arvin, California (population 20,000) in 2013.

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Exposure Skate

Exposure Skate

The largest women’s skateboarding event in the world is happening this Saturday in Encinitas, California!

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New Skateparks

Darrington Skatepark, Darrington, Washington

Tony Hawk Foundation is proud to announce three new skateparks.

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