The Skatepark Project, an organization founded by legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk, helps make State College’s skatepark a reality.
The organization is donating $30,000 to the project which hopes to start by next spring.
The 20,000 square foot skate park will be located in High Point Park, off West Whitehall Road. It will feature ledges, stairs, rails, banks, a mini-ramp, a brick volcano, a quarter pipe, boulder seats and a central courtyard with a granite slab. It will replace an unused baseball field.
“The Skatepark Project is proud to support a project like High Point Skatepark,” Benjamin Anderson Bashein, executive director of the Skatepark Project, said in a statement. “It is clear that so many members of the community have come together to start this project; their dedication, hard work and commitment is inspiring and we look forward to seeing them achieve their fundraising goals and innovative goals. »
According to a statement, The Skatepark Project is a non-profit organization that aims to “increase access to free outdoor recreation by equipping communities with the resources they need to build skateparks.” He has awarded over $10 million in grants and helped create nearly 700 public skate parks.
Professional skateboarder and co-founder of IQ Skateshop Jake Johnson worked with his dad on a design that would accommodate all skill levels of BMXers and skaters. IQ Skateshop opened last August on the corner of Pugh Street and Calder Way and sells boards, wheels, clothing, shoes and more.
The idea of a action sports park was first offered in 2013, and New Line Skateparks was contracted last fall to come up with a final design and build in mind. Construction is expected to cost $1.9 million.
So far, $800,000 has been raised through grants, the borough and local residents. The group also created a fundraising campaign this month aimed at raising an additional $50,000 in small community donations.