Thursday, May 6, 2010

Beltline skatepark wins grant from Tony Hawk

Posted By on Thu, May 6, 2010 at 4:42 PM

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What will soon become the city's first public skatepark received a financial boost today from one of skateboarding's most well-known names.

The Tony Hawk Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to Beltline officials to help build the 15,000-square-foot skatepark along the 22-mile loop of parks, trails and transit. The property sits in the shadow of Freedom Parkway along the Beltline's northeast segment.

Once complete, the skatepark will be one of the Historic Fourth Ward Park's key features. The grant for Atlanta's park — which has been referred to by skateboarders as "Foundation Skate Park" — is the largest of the Tony Hawk Foundation's recent round of awards.

After the jump, kind words from Hawk, Beltline officials, and more details about the project.

From Atlanta Beltline Inc., the nonprofit group tasked with planning and developing the $2.8 billion public-works project:

“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 Old Fourth Ward community.”

“The Atlanta BeltLine is honored to be selected by the Tony Hawk Foundation for this generous grant,” said [ABI President and CEO] Brian Leary. “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 skatepark—will be one of the best skate facilities in the U.S.”

Within the next year, Historic Fourth Ward Park will bring 17 new acres of greenspace to the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood.  The new skatepark was professionally designed with the input and support of the local skateboarding community. The skatepark design includes shotcrete, concrete, metal rails and copings, and a recycled piece of railroad track as a grindrail. It is located on a five-acre section of the park adjacent to the BeltLine corridor and will be open to the public by the end of 2010. The funding from the Tony Hawk Foundation will be used to help cover construction costs.

(Photo by Marc Mauldin, courtesy of Tony Hawk Foundation)

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