City of Tonawanda
Two local restaurateurs are sponsoring a fundraiser later this month to pay for an expansion of the Gregory Hayes Holler Community Skate Park.
Kevin and J.J. Richert, owners of Smoke on the Water, in Tonawanda, and Torches, in Kenmore, will cook up and serve a Creole menu from 1 to 4 p.m. May 18 at Eastern Park, off Fillmore Avenue.
Former skateboarders, the brothers often visit the skate park when out riding their motorcycles. The park’s namesake died in November 2008 at the age of 17.
Built in 2010 at Ives Pond Park, the skate park currently is 5,200 square feet. The Richert brothers are looking to increase it to 8,000 to 10,000 square feet, to accommodate its growing popularity among local youth.
Adult tickets for the fundraiser are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the event; the cost is $10 for students and children younger than 8 will be admitted for free.
Tickets are available at the Richerts’ restaurants, as well as Tonawanda City Hall, 200 Niagara St.; the city’s Recreation Department, 150 Fillmore Ave.; and Tonawandas Post 264, American Legion, 60 Main St.
Also this week:
• The Common Council meets at 7 p.m. Monday in City Hall.