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Stevensville Skate Park Project picks up more help

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The facility would be built in Stevensville's Lewis & Clark Park (MTN News photo) The facility would be built in Stevensville's Lewis & Clark Park (MTN News photo)
STEVENSVILLE -

The Stevensville Skate Park Project has picked up a major boost with legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk providing a grant.

The Tony Hawk Foundation will donate $2 for every $1 raised, up to $10,000. The moves comes after Pearl Jam bass player Jeff Ament already donated $60,000 to help build the outdoor facility at Lewis and Clark Park.  

Locals have worked hard to raise donations and they believe the skate park will make an impact for future generations.

"It's about everyone around us because it is not just these guys that are going to benefit, it is the future guys. And then it is also Lolo, and Florence, its Hamilton that are all going to be down here to use this and its going to benefit everybody in the Bitterroot Valley," park co-chair Raymond Smith said.

Contractors from Oregon will arrive in Stevensville August 26 as Smith hopes to raise another $70,000 to reach their goal.

The Tony Hawk Foundation was started in 2002 with their website saying that they have "been fulfilling its mission to help young people by issuing grants to low-income communities building quality public skateparks, and providing guidance to city officials, parents, and children through the process."

The Foundation has awarded over $5.2 million to 557 public skatepark projects in all 50 states.

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