Tonawanda Skate Park Volunteer Effort for Teens

7:56 PM, Aug 23, 2011   |    comments
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  • Skaters enjoy new Skate Park
  • Holler Family started effort to build new park to honor their loved one Gregory Hayes Holler
  • Volunteers at Work Delivering Sign

Tonawanda, NY - Teenagers are breaking in a new skate park in the city of Tonawanda.  Last year, it was just a dream of the Holler family's.  Something they thought their son would have loved, if he were still alive.  This year, the concrete ramps are in place thanks to countless volunteers.

Don Holler says, "It's just a community and a family effort that's just unbelievable."

The community came together with enough online votes to get a $50,000 grant.  Then, they made that money stretch as far as possible through the donation of time and expertise.  The Holler Family says, Recreation Director Linda Foles helped them navigate through the process for the land.   Josh, Sam and Frank Prezioso did the excavation for the park for free.  Erik Jewelers sandblasted the sign for the Gregory Hayes Holler Memorial Skate park, and Blake Boyle's company delivered it.

After the sign arrived, Kari Holler said, "I think that if my brother could see this he'd be pretty impressed."   Nancy Holler said, "It was really an exciting time, and I'd do it all over again if I had too."

Now the park is doing just what they'd hoped.  Skateboarder Ian Molnar says, "There's always friends here."

Ian Molnar says, "There's always friends here."

The Holler family is holdig a benefit on Sunday, August 21st at the Tonawanda Volunteer Firemen's Park from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Tickets are $25.  Donations can also be made to the GHH Memorial Fund at 259 Utica Street, Tonawanda, NY 14150.

All proceeds will be used to improve the community skate park and other youth activities. 

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