The Padre Island Brewing Company donated 25 cents from every pint they sold on Cinco de Mayo to help raise cash for the Island skate park fund.

At the same time a GoFundMe account also dedicated for raising money to build the park was accepting funds from the public.

Over the past three months, $7,070 has been made on GoFundMe alone for the project.

But the goal is to raise $40,000 to build a skate park with a half pipe, bowl, ramps and more.

To do that the SK8 SPI committee members have been grinding at bringing in the money needed for the park with fundraisers and drawing local community support.

Their next move is applying for a $25,000 grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation to help finish the project.

The committee plans to submit their proposal to the foundation this week.

“We want to see the SPI Skate Park at Tompkins Park become a reality,” said Rob Nixon, a SK8 SPI committee member.

He said for close to 10 years now Island leaders have been planning to build a skate park to enhance the Island community for residents and visitors.

The SPI Economic Development Council has given $100,000 toward this project since 2017. Some of those funds were used for an engineering study and potential skate park designs.

Those design plans came back over budget when it was time for the council to decide on the plans during an April meeting. The council agreed to send the project back to committee to take more time to come up with funding for the park.

“I know a lot of people are skeptical but we can and will get this done,” Nixon said. “We are so close but we need the support from our community to make this happen.

By Raul Garcia, Staff writer