LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The plans to build The Free State of Jones Skatepark in Laurel received a shot in the arm in the form of a $5,000 grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation.
Discussions surrounding the proposed skating area at Daphne Park have been going on for more than a year and recently hit a snag due to lack of funding. The money from this grant could help the project get back on track.
Laurel was one of 11 cities chosen to receive Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grants for summer of 2018. The city also received the Alex LeVasseur Memorial Award for showing a strong commitment to youth outreach programs.
The Tony Hawk Foundation, established by skateboarding legend Tony Hawk in 2002, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing skateparks to kids in low-income areas throughout the country.
To date, the Tony Hawk Foundation has helped fund more than 600 skateparks in the U.S.
Laurel's $5,000 grant could help breathe new life into the skatepark project, but the city still has a long way to go to make the plans a reality.
According to Mayor Johnny Magee, initial estimates projected the skatepark would cost the city about $150,000. Magee said when he opened the bids for the park, the price tag topped out at $380,000.