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Tony Hawk Foundation grants cash for skateparks in Lockport, Ellicottville

The Tony Hawk Foundation awarded grants of $300,000 to groups in Lockport and Ellicottville for concrete skateboard parks in those communities, according to the foundation's website.

The foundation, named after the famed pro skateboarder, works with the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation to fund skatepark projects in Western New York and southeastern Michigan.

John D. Craig, head of Lockport Community Services, said Friday his group will have a year to raise $250,000 in matching funds so a concrete skatepark can be built in 2021 on the site of the wooden skateboard ramps at the Railyard, the current skateboard site in Outwater Park.

"We've come up with a new design that's more of a bowl, more of a skater's paradise," Craig said. His group invested $10,000 this year in repairing the 13-year-old wooden ramps.

The Ellicottville Skateboard Committee will face the same fundraising goal for its planned 10,000-square-foot outdoor facility in the village park, according to its website.

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