Tyre Nichols, who loved to skateboard, could soon have his name emblazoned on skate parks in Memphis and Sacramento … TMZ has learned.
A rep for the City of Memphis tells TMZ … leaders are having preliminary conversations about naming a park after Tyre. Mayor Jim Strickland is floating the idea to the City Council.
We’re told the Mayor and City Council are meeting Friday to discuss plans, including whether they’ll build a new park in Tyre’s honor, or rename an existing one.
Since Tyre’s tragic death, videos have been circulating online of him showing off his skateboarding skills. Most of the footage is from his time in Sacramento, CA before moving to Memphis.
Tim Swanson, media and communications manager for the City of Sacramento, tells TMZ … councilmember Lisa Kaplan, Mayor Darrell Steinberg and City staff are working with Tyre’s family to explore the best ways to honor his legacy, which could include renaming a skate park after him.
Tyre’s parents are crowdfunding a memorial fund, and his mom says she’d like to use some of the money to build a memorial skate park for Tyre.
This is who Tyre Nichols was — a talented and dedicated skateboarder with SO much life left to live… He didn’t deserve to be tragically taken from his family and community! We will continue to fight for accountability for you Tyre! #JusticeForTyreNichols pic.twitter.com/hYwMnRRZEA
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) January 23, 2023
Tony Hawk, the most famous skateboarder of all time, donated to Tyre’s memorial fund and shared a video of him skating … and it appears lots of folks want to see him remembered with a skate park.