Famed Skateboarder, Tony Hawk Funds New San Francisco Skate Park

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Skateboarders in San Francisco wanting to be like Tony Hawk just got a boost from the skating legend himself.  The city announced on Thursday that Hawk is giving a $10,000 grant to a new South of Market skate park.

The grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation is helping to fund the SOMA West Skate Park, located at Mission Street and Duboce Avenue, and improve other skate parks around the city, according to San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department.

The new skate park is scheduled to begin construction next spring and open in the fall.

The department is marking the donation with an event Friday that will feature a performance by local pro skateboarder Steve Caballero and youth from the city’s winter skateboarding camp.

The event is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the intersection of Waller and Stanyan streets.

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