The city of Auburn has received an unexpected $40,000 windfall in its bid to replace the outdated skatepark at Casey Park with a new one.
Hawk’s Skatepark Project targets low-income communities where kids lack the opportunity to skate
Auburn City Clerk Chuck Mason says the city council voted at its Thursday night meeting to accept a $40,000 grant from the Skatepark Project, the non-profit foundation established by the biggest name in the sport, Tony Hawk.
“I consider skateboarding an art form, a lifestyle and a sport.”Tony Hawk
The city wants to replace the current skatepark, built in 2001, with a brand new one. The city is utilizing Community Development Block Grant funding for the design of a new skatepark to be located at Casey Park at 150 N. Division Street. The construction of the new skatepark will be funded with Community Development Block Grant funding and an NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) Environmental Projection Fund (EPF) grant awarded to the city for $250,000.
When will the new park be finished?
The city hopes to have the new skatepark completed in time for skaters to try it out next spring.
Listen to my full Inside the FLX conversation with Auburn City Clerk Chuck Mason below.