Skate park honoring late skater gets boost from Tony Hawk
LEOMINSTER, Mass. (AP) — A skate park renovation project honoring a skater who was killed when a driver struck him as he was walking to work is getting a $10,000 donation from skateboarding pioneer Tony Hawk’s foundation.
The town of Leominster has secured other funding and contracted with a design firm to renovate a local skate park in honor of Frankie Fortuna, who was 19 when he died in 2015, the Telegram & Gazette reported Monday.
The Skateboard Project’s donation will support “additional enhancements” beyond the expanded skate park and landscaping that are planned for the Frankie Fortuna Memorial Skate Park, Leominster city grant administrator Wendy Wiiks told the newspaper.
Fortuna frequented the skate park before his death, and his relatives and friends have raised funds for the renovation in his honor through skateboard challenges, motorcycle runs and an auction of skateboard decks designed by Massachusetts artists, the newspaper reported.
“I’ve seen a lot of projects over the years, and this has been the most grassroots and community project that I’ve seen,” Wiiks said.
The renovation of the skate park is estimated to cost $367,000 and is funded in part by a state grant and money from the city. Construction on the park is scheduled to be completed by June 2022, the newspaper reported.