Fallbrook Skatepark receives $10,000 grant

FALLBROOK – The Tony Hawk Foundation has selected the Fallbrook Skatepark Inc. to be one of its Spring 2017 Tony Hawk Foundation (THF) Skatepark Grant recipients. The project will receive $10,000 from THF to help create a safe skate spot in Fallbrook.

The primary mission of the Tony Hawk Foundation is to promote high quality, public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States and to support international programs that enrich the lives of youth through skateboarding.

Only organizations seeking to build free, public skateparks in low-income communities in the United States may apply for a grant from THF. Domestically, the foundation’s Skatepark Grant program has awarded over $5.6-million to 574 communities in all 50 states.

The foundation focuses on working with local officials and grassroots, community-based organizations that plan to hire designers and contractors with strong experience designing and building skateparks.

“Every skatepark is a testimonial to the community’s tenacity and commitment,” said THF Programs Director Peter Whitley. “These are facilities that will bring people together for years to come.”

Fallbrook Skatepark Inc. (FSI), a 501c3 non-profit organization, plans to build a 17,000 sq. ft. destination skate park combining street elements with transitional and vert elements at Ingold Sports Park costing approximately $748,000.

In November 2016, the County Service Area 81 (CSA 81) Local Parks Advisory Committee approved up to $250,000 in Park Land Dedication Ordinance (PLDO) funds toward skateable elements at the Ingold Sports Park contingent upon matching funds being secured by Fallbrook Sports Association (FSA) and FSI by June 2018.

This means that once FSI has raised $250,000, before June 2018, the funds will be released. To build out the spot and add the elements to the park, FSI needs to raise $500,000.

Sean O’Callaghan, president of FSI, said, “The Tony Hawk Foundation board is not new to building skateparks. To have their support is an honor and an affirmation that we’ve approached this project correctly.”

Individuals looking to make donations to the Fallbrook Skatepark can do so at www.fallbrookskateparkinc.org or send a check to P.O. Box 1786, Fallbrook, CA 92088-1786. FSI will have a booth at the Avocado Festival on April 23 and welcome anyone interested to stop by for an update.

For more information, contact FSI at (442) 444-2585, [email protected] or www.fallbrookskateparkinc.org. For more information on the Tony Hawk Foundation, visit www.tonyhawkfoundation.org.

6 Responses to "Fallbrook Skatepark receives $10,000 grant"

  1. Jorge   March 19, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Thank you, Tony Hawk

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  2. grunt   March 19, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Wow, Fallbrook a “low income area”? Could not tell it by the price of houses,.

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    • Fallbrook Liberal   March 20, 2017 at 7:19 am

      Grunt – Fallbrook is the land of “haves” and “have nots”, in case you haven’t noticed.

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      • Lola   March 22, 2017 at 11:30 am

        It wasn’t that way back in early 50’s..there was no WELFARE;The rich kids & poor hungout TOGETHER. We had manners & were respectful. Now EVERYBODY is entitled & LACK thankfulness & Humility….SAD. I am hispanic/latino/Mexican???100 percent AMERICAN, Worked hard and am of the “haves”, not the “gimmies”!

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  3. Lee   March 20, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    OPEN LETTER TO FALLBROOK SKATE PARK

    As I have stated on previous occasions, I think this park is terrific and I wish it nothing but the greatest success! Enough said. And, of course, thank you, Tony, for your wonderful donation!!!

    But I also hope that in addition to providing good ol’ fun for the kids using it, the park ALSO serve as a source of teaching our kids GOOD ethics and morals! Sean, teach those kids to follow all rules at all times and point out to them consequences for breaking them. Hold them accountable to all of them. For example, clean up as you leave after yourself . . . and by that I mean individually, not just communally. (You and I know exactly what them rascals would do if it were communally: they’d leave 15 min before closing so that . . . somebody else would clean up. Nice try, no cigar. We adults are smarter than them.) Or something even small or seemingly insignificant like . . . tucking your chair in as you leave. (I’m sure that will get a chuckle or two out of folks reading this . . . but the devil is in the detail, and teaching our children even small lessons like this one is not only important, but will/may very well instill a good sense of ethics with bigger values/concepts.)

    Sean, my whole point is to instill a sense of belonging and ownership of this park to these kids which will instill a sense of respect of their own property, this park, AND most likely/hopefully other folks’ property; a sense of respect of how much work went into building the park which, thus, should/must be respected; humility (oh boy, I have a feeling I’ll hear about that one), and so forth. You get the idea. Make it a LEARNING center of our youth.

    Sean, best of luck to you with this park!

    Let us teach our children well today . . . so that tomorrow we all live in a better world.

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  4. Ray (the real one)   March 21, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    That should clean up all the graffiti with change to spare.

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