Pensacola man awarded one of two $100,000 grant out of more than 500 applicants

A $100,000 grant has been awarded to a Pensacola man. / Source: MGN

Pensacola resident Jon Shell and his organization Upward Intuition became one of the only two $100,000 grant recipients out of more than 500 national submissions for the Gannett Foundation's "A Community Thrives" grants for 2018.

Shell says the money will go toward a community-focused passion project of building a skate park in downtown Pensacola.

Shell founded Upward Intuition in 2015 and committed to build a public skate park that will occupy one city block at the end of the planned Hollice T. Williams Park that will stretch the length of the Interstate 110 overpass.

A $1.6 million grant was awarded to Escambia County in April to design Williams Park.

The skate park will be named after Shell's late friend Blake Doyle. It will be named the Blake Doyle Community Park.

Shell's goal is to create positivity, wellness and a more vibrant community in his hometown.

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