Tony Hawk dedicates skate park named for Colorado kid
NEDERLAND, Colorado ” Tony Hawk kept his promise.
In 2007, 11-year-old Nathan Lazarus, who attends school in Lafayette, helped the skateboarder win $175,000 for Hawk’s skate park foundation on the TV quiz show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” An excited Hawk said a skate park would go up in Nathan’s name.
On Saturday, Hawk was in Nederland to dedicate and ride the new Nathan Lazarus Skatepark.
A group of teens and supporters first pitched the idea of a skate park to town trustees in 2004. Great Outdoors Colorado granted $200,000 to the project, the Tony Hawk Foundation offered $25,000, and other groups also donated.
After the quiz show appearance, Hawk offered to donate $50,000 more toward the $500,000 park if it was named after Nathan. Organizers agreed.
“Tony said he was going to dedicate a skate park to me and it actually happened,” Nathan said. “I think it’s cool that he actually followed through with that.”
Nathan said he is trying to learn to skateboard.