The Skatepark Project (formerly Tony Hawk Foundation) was set up to create high-quality, public skateparks in low-income communities around the world. Skateparks not only encourage youths to be active and healthy but are spaces where they meet other creative, like-minded individuals, from communities and together build self-confidence and awareness of the sometimes misunderstood sport.
The process of creating a skatepark, as advocated by the Skatepark Project, involves youth in planning, fundraising, and helping the design of the facility that will become their second home. In communities where the Skatepark Project has helped open a skatepark, it is used all day, every day, and is without exception the most popular recreational facility in town.
“To-date, almost 600 recipients of grants from The Skatepark Project have opened their skateparks. These parks receive more than 6-million visits annually by youth who benefit from the active lifestyle and camaraderie the facilities promote.” - Skatepark Project.
The Skatepark Project empowers youth and their communities, helping them to create a stronger future through engagement with local leaders to build a space where they can learn essential life lessons that skateboarding teaches.
The Gumball 3000 Foundation has proudly supported the Skatepark Project in recent years, donating as much as $100,000 from previous rallies and this year the Gumball 3000 Foundation donated a further $50,000 to TSP to support a selection of their current projects outlined below.
TSP is partnering with the Blue Lab Preservation Society’s ReefLine initiative and Es Devlin to design and create a “skateable” artificial reef and public skatepark. The reef’s design will inspire and complement the design of the eco-friendly public skatepark in Miami Beach. Founder and Artistic Director of the ReefLine Ximena Caminos sums up the goals and inevitable outcomes of the initiative best - “The ReefLine is a singular investment in civic infrastructure, public art and environmental protection that will pay dividends over the coming decades and attract ecologically-minded tourists and art lovers.”
TSP is also working with The Underline to transform the land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10 mile linear park, urban trail, and public art destination. As part of the project, TSP is collaborating with The Underline to develop plans for an integrated skatepark. TSP will be providing critical guidance surrounding community engagement and skatepark design and construction. This skatepark would serve Miami residents and would be accessible to the greater Miami metro area by way of the Metrorail.
The Skatepark Project was set up to create high quality, public skateparks in low-income communities around the world. Skateparks not only encourage youths to be active and healthy but are spaces where they meet other creative, like-minded individuals, from communities and together build self-confidence and awareness of the sometimes misunderstood sport.
TSP very kindly donated the Tony Hawk auction lot for our Nashville Live Charity Auction which was won for $110,000.