Great news for skaters! New requirements for Tony Hawk Foundation grant applicants will lead to better skateparks.
Previously, Tony Hawk Foundation grant awards allowed more flexibility in size and style of skatepark. Guidelines introduced in the latest call for applications clarify its emphasis on professional concrete design and construction for park projects, and the requirement that skatepark projects with budgets over $50,000 must be made from non-kickplate concrete in order to be considered for a grant. This eliminates any notion that steel-framed modular parks would be awarded Tony Hawk Foundation funds in all but the smallest of parks.
For the average skater this could mean that hard-earned skatepark advocacy projects don’t conclude with a lackluster collection of ramps and boxes installed on a concrete slab.
Skaters for Public Skateparks have been proponents of poured-in-place skateparks for years and believe that designing skate spaces that appeal to the wider public help illuminate the value and contribution of skateboarding youth. Landscape architects, community planners, and skaters are all aware of a new era in skatepark design. The spaces are more integrated, visually compelling, and structurally innovative. In recent years skatepark design has taken a dramatic turn toward architecturally arresting design. This shift has brought more people to the skateparks and has helped reestablish the skatepark as a prominent place to recreate, hang out, and develop skateboarding skills.
Everyone at Skaters for Public Skateparks is thrilled to see the Tony Hawk Foundation encourage greater design and construction innovation in skateparks. It’s a good day to be a skater! (More so than usual, that is.)