Tony Hawk Cuts Ribbon At Compton Skatepark

A Skatepark For Compton
Tony Hawk Helps Inner-City Youth Celebrate Their New Skatepark.

6/27/09 (Compton, CA)—Tony Hawk joined dozens of youth who gathered for the June 27 Grand Opening of the long-awaited Compton Skatepark. Hawk and a group of pros from his Birdhouse skate team came to perform for the kids, who spent over three years working with their city and parks officials to get the 12,000-square-foot concrete skatepark built.

"The Compton Skatepark represents everything we try to accomplish with our foundation," said Hawk. "An inner-city community that rallied to provide a skating facility for their youth, great support from the city council, and partial funding from THF made their dream a reality."

Several of the youth at the Grand Opening also attended the Tony Hawk Foundation's Stand Up For Skateparks benefit event in 2007, where Hawk appealed to guests for direct pledges for the Compton Skatepark. That pledge drive, plus a previous grant from the foundation, raised over $70,000 to help fund the $500,000 park.

The Compton Skatepark is the latest to open of the nearly 450 skateparks the Tony Hawk Foundation has provided financial assistance to. Hawk seldom has the opportunity to attend Grand Opening events, but is pleased to have been able to participate in the Compton celebration and personally congratulate the city and the youth who worked so hard to achieve it. "The park has a good mix of street, ramp, and bowl elements," said Hawk. "And it’s a blast to skate!"

The Compton Skatepark is located at 123 N. Rose Avenue, Compton, California 90221.