SARANAC LAKE NY- The ongoing effort to build a village skateboard park received a major boost Tuesday when the Tony Hawk Foundation announced it has awarded the project a $25,000 grant.
News of the grant was posted Tuesday night on the "Saranac Lake Skateboard Park" Facebook page.
"We are ELATED and honored," Peggy Wiltberger of the Saranac Lake SkatePark Committee said in an email to the Enterprise. "We are hoping that adding this credibility to the project will encourage everyone to contribute what they can to the SkatePark."
Wiltberger said the committee needs to raise another $47,000 in cash and $26,000 in in-kind services.
"We are working with the village to break ground next spring," she wrote. "We really need to come together for the final push."
The local project was given the most money out of 11 communities across the country picked by the Tony Hawk Foundation to receive grants for construction of skateparks. The next closest, in dollars, was a $10,000 grant to Emeryville, Calif. The other nine communities were each awarded $5,000.