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Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk is donating $10,000 to a Leominster skate park in honor of a 19-year-old who was hit and killed by a car in 2015.
- A really generous gift from skateboard legend Tony Hawk's charity will help to revamp a Leominster skate park in honor of a teenager.
- Hawk's Skatepark Project donated $10,000 to the creation of the Frankie Fortuna Memorial Skatepark. Fortuna, who loved to visit the skate park, was hit and killed by a car in 2015. Park co-chair Steven Snay says this donation from the Hawk Foundation was a big surprise.
STEVEN SNAY: We specifically wrote to it as like a Hail Mary. No way Tony Hawk and his organization-- they fund these big projects. And at the end, they actually said when Tony was reading this to our meeting-- because he's on the committee, I guess-- when the committee reviewed it to see who gets it, they said well the Frankie story in honor of him and the people that actually love riding in this community with Frankie's support, from then on, they decided to elevate that to the top prize.
- So glad they asked. The skate park is still in the design phase. It will be wheelchair-friendly. They're hoping to have the skate park completed by this fall, and they're still taking donations to the city of Leominster.
- And what a great thing to do in Frankie's name.