Atlanta BeltLine skate park opens with Tony Hawk

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Tony Hawk opens new skate park

ATLANTA -- Legendary pro skater Tony Hawk was one of the first people to try out the new skate park along the Atlanta BeltLine Saturday.

The park is the first public skate park in Atlanta. It came from a collaboration of the city, the Tony Hawk Foundation, and the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Capital Campaign.

"It's really amazing," Hawk said. "It caters to every skill level. I think it's a great addition to this area."

The City of Atlanta applied for a grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation and was awarded $25,000 for the park. Hawk also helped with the design of the park.

"We provide resources," Hawk said. "We provide some funding, but by no means did we fund the entire park."

The pro skater believes the skate park will bring out a lot of unknown talent in Metro Atlanta.

"To have a facility like this in this area, you're going to have world class skaters coming out in this area when you had no idea the talent existed here prior to that," he said.

The skate park is located on Willoughby Way and is part of the Historic Fourth Ward Park, which will have a grand opening next Saturday.

11Alive News asked Hawk what he thought about the revitalization of the whole area.

He said, "The leading cause of cancer in youth is obesity and so support for them to go out and get active, that's exactly what they need."

The Historic Fourth Ward Park also has 17 acres of greenspace, a stormwater retention pond, an amphitheater, and a bike trail is now under construction.

For more information, visit the Atlanta BeltLine's website. 

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