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Grigg-Lewis Foundation provides grant to Lockport skate park

LOCKPORT – Lockport’s Grigg-Lewis Foundation is contributing $2,000 toward the repair and maintenance of the Railyard, the skateboarding facility in Lockport’s Outwater Park.

Chris Smith, assistant executive director of the foundation, confirmed the award Thursday. It was first disclosed by Alderman John Lombardi III during Wednesday’s Common Council work session.

Lombardi is the outgoing president of Lockport Community Service, the not-for-profit organization that has maintained the Railyard since it opened in 2007. He credited Lockport Board of Education member John D. Craig, a member of the Community Service board, with lining up the grant.

The organization said this week it will start a public fund-raising appeal, seeking donations to cover the cost of repairs and upkeep at the popular skate park, a tab which runs as high as $5,000 a year. Smith said the Grigg-Lewis award is a matching grant, meaning it can be used to match other grants Lockport Community Service may receive.