Tony Hawk throws in with Bemidji skate park boosters


Tony Hawk, the skateboard champ and advocate, chimed in on Twitter today to urge support for a new skate park in Bemidji designed by the Bemidji Skate & Bike Association.

Yes. Bemidji. And Hawk has a dog in the hunt:

We were one of three projects worldwide to receive Tony Hawk Foundation's maximum grant of $25,000 because of our vision, organziation, and low-income rural community. Other funders include Burton Snowboards, Nike, Shakopee Mdewanketon Sioux Community ($25,000), Nielson Foundation ($100,000), and many smaller business and community donations. Our local Home Depot is behind the project, and will help us with this community build project.

(Video after the jump.)

The project is also being promoted on Pepsi's Refresh Everything Web site:


We raised $315,000 toward this project, but need another $135,000 to complete it. This will be the first public custom concrete skatepark in Minnesota. The project started with students who are frustrated that the sport is banned in the city and no alternative space exists.

Here's one of the designs:

Want to donate? Check out their Web site:

Here's some video from last summer of skaters in Bemidji:

And here's Tony Hawk at the 2008 X-Games: