News Release - City of Rochester Awarded $250,000 Grant by Tony Hawk Foundation to Fund Proposed ROC the Riverway Skate Park

City of Rochester

News Release

(Thursday, August 9, 2018) – Mayor Warren announced today that the City of Rochester, with assistance from the Friends of Roc-City Skatepark, has secured $250,000 as a Summer 2018 recipient of the Tony Hawk Foundation’s Built To Play Skatepark Grant. This grant will support an ongoing proposal, as part of the ROC the Riverway project, to create a Roc City Skate Park under the east end of the Susan B. Anthony/Frederick Douglass Bridge.

“ROC the Riverway is an unprecedented investment in our riverfront, and it is exciting to be making such quick strides on the proposed projects,” said Mayor Warren. “The skatepark recognizes the necessity of play in a community’s growth and would continue the City’s efforts to create more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for all our citizens.”

The City of Rochester has published a request for proposals for the skatepark, due Aug. 17. New York State has committed $1 million, and an additional $250,000 has also been secured. This grant brings the project to 75 percent of its $2 million funding goal.

The Tony Hawk Foundation has funded over 600 skateparks across the country, and now, in collaboration with the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, it is funding projects in Southeast Michigan and Western New York through Built To Play Grants. For more information, visit

The skatepark is among 13 transformative projects along the Genesee River through ROC the Riverway. Learn more at


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