Tony Hawk Awarded the Jerome State Park Coalition $5,000


By Michelle Milliken

The Tony Hawk Foundation has helped the City of Jerome Skate Park Coalition to built a skate park in Jerome, Idaho, by awarding them $5,000. Hawk is also personally reviewing the design of the skate park.

Skate parks give people of all ages a place to be active and athletic. The park will also help expand the optional physical activities in the community, promote healthy lifestyles, help build social skills, and attract tourism.

The cost of building a skate park for the Jerome population is $200,000, which would build a 9,000 square foot park. The park will be built in two $100,000 phases. Community members have helped contribute by sponsoring fundraisers, donating money, and pledging service.

If you are interested in helping build the skate park, there are a variety of ways to do so. You can sign up to sponsor for or participate in the golf scramble on September 21 at the 93 Golf Ranch. Contact Kathy Markus at 208-324-8189x141 or Susan Petruzzelli at 324-0030 if you are interested. There is also a raffle for a 2004 Ford Mustang from Country Auto at 2400 South Lincoln. Individual tickets cost $10.00 and six tickets can be purchased for $50.00. The car was donated by Country Auto, and all proceeds will go to the skate park. Finally, you can donate your Ridley’s points online at or donate any tax deductible amount via check to Jerome Skate Park Coalition, 152 East Avenue A, Jerome, ID 83338.

The coalition is hoping to have the funds necessary to complete phase 1 by October 1, 2014. For current information on the skate park, visit or If you have questions or would like to help, you can contact Kathy Markus at 208-324-8189x141.

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