Tony Hawk Foundation offers financial grants and technical assistance to build public skateparks.
June 9, 2015 (Vista, CA) – If you’re interested in seeing a new skatepark for the youth in your area, the Tony Hawk Foundation offers a range of resources to assist you in your efforts. THF provides technical-assistance services at no charge for communities pursing new skateparks, as well as construction grants for those projects that are in the fundraising stage.
Through Wednesday, June 17, THF is accepting applications for its Skatepark Grant awards.
Twice annually the foundation’s Board of Directors convenes to review applications from community-skatepark projects, and the deadline is fast approaching. To be eligible for a grant, applicants must be working to create free, concrete, public skateparks in low-income communities in the U.S. Technical assistance services are available to all communities.
The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks has been working with local youth on a skatepark since 2011. On Friday, June 19, 2015, Tony Hawk and members of the Birdhouse Skateboards team will join Councilmember Bob Blumenfield and City leaders on-site to help the community inaugurate the brand new Lanark Skate Plaza, which was partially funded by a Tony Hawk Foundation grant and has been highly anticipated since THF helped launch the effort over three years ago.
“It’s validating to review grant applications and support great projects,” says Tony Hawk. “But the best part, for me, is seeing the skateparks actually open, and even getting to skate them myself! So I’m looking forward to joining the Birdhouse team at the Lanark Skate Plaza this month.”
The 14,000-square-foot plaza is set among the old-growth trees at Lanark Recreation Center, features a design by New Line Skateparks, and was built by California Skateparks. Festivities will commence at 2 PM on Friday, June 19 at 21816 Lanark St, Canoga Park, CA 91304. The park will not be open for public skating until after the grand-opening ceremony and pro demo.
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 $5.3-million to 560 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.skatepark.org. You can also visit THF on facebook and Instagram @tonyhawkfoundation, and on Twitter @THF.