Tony Hawk visits Columbus to skate in the park designed by his father
Skateboarding icon Tony Hawk was in Columbus on Tuesday to visit a park designed by his father.
According to an Instagram post from Hawk, the city of Columbus approached his father, Frank, in 1988 to help design a public skate park at Dodge Park and Community Center in Franklinton.
“My father had established himself as a competent ramp builder by then, so he was delighted and honored to put his expertise to work on a concrete project (it was the first and only time he had done it)”, wrote Hawk.
The nearly 16-acre skatepark with three concrete bowls and a snake track was completed in 1990. But according to Hawk’s post, it was quickly considered outdated “as the era of street skating emerged.” .
Although Hawk retired from the pros in 2003, the 53-year-old still skates often and has apparently never been to Dodge Skate Park.
“This one’s for you, dad,” he wrote in the post, which was accompanied by a picture of him about to arrive.
The skate park was the first of its kind in the area, and according to a Dispatch article on October 11, 1990, it was the first design of its kind east of the Mississippi River.
The Dispatch said at the time, “Skating has been banned from most public places in Columbus. The idea for a special place for skateboarding came about after frustrated teenagers asked Mayor Dana G. Rinehart to the end of 1987: ‘Where can we skate?'”
Hawk, who is attending a conference in Cincinnati this week, had a new message for city leaders:
“Thank you for helping solidify my dad’s legacy. But I promise he wouldn’t mind if you had to resurface and/or update the park for the next generation. It’s pretty tough.”
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