Medina Awarded Skatepark Grant!
Written by WBTA STAFF on March 14, 2019
Photo by: Tom Rivers courtesy of OrleansHub.com
MEDINA, NY – The Village of Medina in Orleans County has been awarded a Built-To-Play Skatepark Grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation & Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation to build a brand new concrete skatepark in Medina by spring of 2021.
The matching grant provides between $50,000 and $250,000 towards the construction of a new public skatepark.
The grant is one of, if not the largest funding opportunities for the construction of new professional quality skateparks and is specifically available to only 16 underserved counties in the Eastern Michigan and Western New York areas. During this particular grant round Medina was the only municipality to be awarded a grant in New York.
Members of the local skatepark advocate group the Medina Skate Society (M.S.S.) have pursued the grant on behalf of the Village of Medina and will be the integral fundraising entity in charge of raising the majority of the funds.
The Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc. is acting as the pass-through agency for the skatepark funds and currently is holding $12,000 of donations for the skatepark project.
The grant deadline for fundraising is in March of 2020 and the Tony Hawk Foundation wants to see construction of the final skatepark completed by March of 2021.
Essentially the M.S.S. and Village of Medina have a year to raise the matching amount between $50,000 and $250,000 and then another year to build the park using professional skatepark design and construction firms.
There will be many opportunities to donate and every dollar spent will be doubled now that Medina has been awarded this amazing grant opportunity!
For starters the M.S.S. has set up a GoFundMe account to raise the initial amount to receive the match and encourage anyone wishing to donate a large amount over $100 to contact the Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc. or Medina Skate Society directly.