Tony Hawk is Helping Michigan's Skateboarding Community Grow


Skateboarding is gaining some serious momentum throughout Michigan.

Skateboarding icon Tony Hawk just closed on a castle-like home in Detroit. Hawk doesn't plan on moving to Michigan, at least for the time being, but, according to Jim Tumey, a real estate agent at The Loft Warehouse, Hawk's family wanted "to put their money and their stamp on the city."

According to the Detroit Free Press, the three-unit red-brick building was once used as a single-family home, then a hospital before it was converted into apartments. The building is about 120 years old.

"They love it," Tumey said. "Where else can you buy three apartments in a 120-140-year-old building? It's a pretty good deal."

Roughly 11 million people enjoy skateboarding on a regular basis, but Michigan skaters have seen some resistance over the last few months.

A few weeks before the sale, local officials shut down a Michigan skatepark. Fox 2 reports that the skatepark was illegally installed by tearing up pieces of property without permits. Michigan skaters built the entire park themselves.

"When they're out here playing and building I'm trying to sleep," said Jason Horne, a local resident who is annoyed with the noise of the skaters.

Luckily, Tony Hawk wants to help out. The fact that Hawk's family has property in Michigan should improve the state's skateboarding scene, but he's not stopping there.

According to UpMatters, the Tony Hawk Foundation donated $10,000 to the Houghton Skatepark Project to help create a safe skatepark. The foundation's primary mission is to promote high quality, public skateparks in lower-income areas throughout the U.S. and to support youth skateboarding programs.

"Every skatepark is a testimonial to the community's tenacity and commitment," said Peter Whitley, THF's Programs Director. "These are facilities that will bring people together for years to come."

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