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Tony Hawk Foundation 2004 Final Skatepark Grants Announced

Champion skateboarder’s nonprofit organization winds up third year of assisting public skateparks.

The Tony Hawk Foundation issued its final skatepark grants for 2004 just before year’s end. Twelve communities across the U.S. received a combined $50,000 from the foundation to help pay for the construction of free, public skateparks.

To date, the Tony Hawk Foundation has awarded $968,000 to 246 public skatepark projects. In 2003, an additional $80,000 worth of ramp equipment was also donated through the foundation’s Ramp Partnership program.

The foundation received 143 grant applications for its Fall deadline, and the twelve awardees represent every corner of the country:

1. Skate Park of Athens – Athens, Georgia ($10,000)

2. Warren County Community Health Coalition – Front Royal, Virginia ($10,000)

3. Borough of Haines — Haines, Alaska ($5,000)

4. Mammoth Lakes Foundation – Mammoth, California ($5,000)

5. San Pedro Skatepark Association – San Pedro, California ($5,000)

6. Madras Bike and Skatepark Committee – Madras, Oregon ($5,000)

7. Citizens For Skateboarding/Manitowoc Chapter, Inc. – Manitowoc, Wisconsin ($5,000)

8. City of Point Arena – Point Arena, California ($1,000)

9. City of Derby – Derby, Kansas ($1,000)

10. South End Park Association – Waterville, Maine ($1,000)

11. Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro – Greensboro, North Carolina ($1,000)

12. City of San Benito – San Benito, Texas ($1,000)

Since 2002 the Tony Hawk Foundation has been fulfilling its mission of helping young people by issuing grants to low-income communities building quality public skateparks. The foundation also provides guidance through the skatepark-planning process.

With 12-million skaters in the U.S. and only about 1,000 public skateparks, many skateboarders find themselves without a safe place to ride. Skateparks are an urgent necessity in every community, and the Tony Hawk Foundation is committed to helping bridge that gap and ensuring that skaters have free and fun skateparks to use and enjoy.

Deadline for the next round of Tony Hawk Foundation skatepark grants is March 1, 2005. More information regarding deadlines and applicant criteria is available at the foundation’s Web site at www.tonyhawkfoundation.org