NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County is pleased to announce that The Parks Conservancy of New Hanover County has been awarded the top grant of $25,000 from the Tony Hawk Foundation for the Ogden Skatepark project. Tony Hawk is widely considered to be one of the most successful and influential pioneers of modern vertical skateboarding.
“The County is committed to offering diverse parks to meet the needs of all our citizens. The Ogden Skatepark is a great example of filling a need for skaters and bikers in the Northern part of our County,” said Chris Coudriet, New Hanover County Manager.
“This shows the synergy that occurs when a public/private partnership can take a project funded by New Hanover County to the next level,” said Jeremy Wilson, Chairman of the Parks Conservancy Board. “Our mission is to support the Parks and Gardens Department of New Hanover County and we are proud to be a part of the Ogden Skatepark Project.”
The County Commissioners appropriated $265,000 for the project and the Parks Conservancy has been raising money to complete the funding for the skatepark.
Mr. Hawk personally called to let the Conservancy know they had been awarded the grant. A groundswell of congratulations and support occurred overnight when a Facebook post announcing the grant went up last night. More than 101,000 people have viewed the Facebook post in less than 24 hours.
Why a Skate Park?
Skateboarding has been a part of New Hanover County’s culture since its origins in the 1950’s. Nationwide, there are more than 12 million active skateboarders and here in our County, the number of skateboarders exceeds the number of safe, legal places for them to skate. A new skatepark will immediately fill a need for hundreds of avid skaters, especially skaters from the northern parts of the County including Wrightsville Beach. The closest skatepark to this location is over 10 miles away in downtown Wilmington. The other skatepark in the area is located even further away in Carolina Beach.
The Parks Conservancy of New Hanover County was established to support New Hanover County Parks. The Conservancy’s only mission is to support the Parks and Gardens Department of New Hanover County.
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