Tony Hawk to visit Carnegie skate park site
Former professional skateboarder Tony Hawk will visit Carnegie's Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark Aug. 25 as part of the Birdhouse Skateboards Summer Tour.
Hawk and other members of Birdhouse Skateboards, a professional skateboard company, will tour nine communities including Carnegie as part of the summer tour, where they will visit and skate in those cities' skateparks.
“Tony's decision to do this comes as a complete honor to my sons, my family, everyone who has worked so hard, the Borough of Carnegie for welcoming this skatepark so graciously, and the City of Pittsburgh,” said Mary Pitcher, president of the Pitcher Park Foundation, in a statement. “It is just all so exciting.”
Pitcher said details of the visit are still being finalized. Hawk retired from professional competition in 1999 but still does skating exhibitions and other events.
The park is a memorial to two of Pitcher's sons, who were killed during a 2008 camping trip. Vincent, 21, and Stephen, 19, drowned in Kinzua Reservoir on July 15, 2008. She has been spearheading the effort since then. The groundbreaking for the project in Carnegie Park was in July 2013.
The park was expected to open last month, but progress has been delayed by weather, according to the website for the project, www.pitcherpark.com.
The $600,000 park has been funded almost entirely by a grant from the Ken & Carol Shultz Foundation — an Arizona nonprofit group run by former Bridgeville resident Ken Schultz — and disbursed through the Tony Hawk Foundation.
Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
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