NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB)- Local skaters will soon have a new place to hit the pavement.
The Tony Hawk Foundation recently gave $10,000 to the city of Niagara Falls to support the Niagara Falls Skate Park Project.
The project has been a community-driven initiative from the start and has been in the works for several months.
Since the Foundation started in 2002, it’s awarded $5.2 million to public skate parks around the country.
Construction on the Niagara Falls Skate Park Project should start this year. The park will be located in Hyde Park on Hyde Park Boulevard in Niagara Falls.
The concrete area will have elements for all skaters and BMX riders, including a raised “NF” for Niagara Falls, that can be skated and biked on.
Right now, there’s not much space there for riders and skaters.
In fact, there’s not a lot of space for them in Buffalo either.
18-year-old Cali Ortiz has been skating for two years. He told News 4 he often skates on the street because of how few skate parks there are in the area.
“You know you get yelled at, “Get out of the way!” or people just try to hit you with their cars, or we can’t skate there. We don’t have a lot of places to skate out here,” Ortiz said.
Ortiz said this new park will give him a chance to practice what he loves in a safe environment.
The project is in its final design phase, and will be funded by the 2015 Community Development Action Place once the $10,000 from the Tony Hawk Foundation is used up.