Atlanta Tops Spring Skatepark Grants

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Atlanta Tops Spring Skatepark Grants

Tony Hawk Foundation supports skatepark projects from Washington to Florida.

5/6/10 (Vista, CA) – The Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark is a key component of Atlanta, Georgia’s downtown redevelopment effort, the Atlanta BeltLine. It’s also been a long time coming for a city that is one of the country’s major skateboarding hubs, and will help redefine an historic community that is lacking in public recreational space. For those and many other equally compelling reasons, the Tony Hawk Foundation Board of Directors voted last week to award Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (the implementing entity of Atlanta’s comprehensive urban redevelopment initiative) $25,000 to help complete the 15,000-square-foot skatepark.
“The Atlanta BeltLine is honored to be selected by the Tony Hawk Foundation for this generous grant,” said Brian Leary, President and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. “This is an endorsement of the amazing collaboration between the City, Atlanta BeltLine, and our incredible local skateboard community. The inspiration came from the vision, will, and determination of the community. Combined with the City’s strong support, and now this outstanding gift, the new park—Atlanta’s first fully designed skate park—will be one of the best skate facilities in the U.S.”
“We are proud and honored to support the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark project in Atlanta,” said Tony Hawk. “It represents everything we stand for at THF—community involvement that benefits at-risk youth in an area that traditionally has had very little support for sports like skateboarding. We are excited to be attached to a project that will be such a vital and vibrant part of the Fourth Ward community.”
A total of nineteen projects are recipients of the Tony Hawk Foundation Spring 2010 Skatepark Grants. Worth a total of $150,000, the awards bring each of the recipients closer to their goal of building a free, quality public skatepark in their community.
Including both urban and rural communities across the U.S.—literally from coast to coast—this season’s grant recipients bring the total number of community skateparks assisted by the foundation to 463.
Spring 2010 Tony Hawk Foundation Grant Recipients


Atlanta, Georgia


Kissimmee, Florida

Fort Scott, Kansas

Glendive, Montana

Bowling Green, Ohio

Bellingham, Washington

Parsons, West Virginia

Suffolk, Virginia


Solana Beach (La Colonia), California

Alamosa, Colorado

LaBelle, Florida

Liberal, Kansas

Melvindale, Michigan

Syracuse, New York

Dickinson, North Dakota

Sand Springs, Oklahoma

Gold Beach, Oregon

Beaumont, Texas

Malakoff, Texas

The Tony Hawk Foundation Board of Directors reviews Grant Applications twice annually. Only federally registered nonprofit organizations, municipalities, or public agencies may apply. The application for Fall 2010 Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grants will be available via the foundation’s Web site on August 15, 2010. The deadline to complete applications is October 1, 2010. Visit for compete details and application criteria.

A charitable, non-profit organization, the Tony Hawk Foundation was established in 2002 by its namesake, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, to promote and provide funds for high-quality public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States—with an emphasis on the word "quality." Since then, the Foundation has awarded $3,261,000 to 463 communities. 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 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. In addition to skateparks, the Foundation also makes donations to other children-related charities, as chosen by its Board Of Directors. For more information or to make a donation, visit the Foundation's Web site at
Text the word RIDE to 90999 via your mobile phone to donate $20 to the Tony Hawk Foundation. When prompted please reply with YES to confirm your gift. Full terms at
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