New Line Skateparks Family and Friends,
As many of you are aware, each year we pick one or two special projects to donate a significant portion of our design and construction services to. For 2015, we had the privilege of teaming with the Banister family to develop a unique modern concrete skatepark and multiuse sport court on the Hull Services main facility campus. For those not familiar with the project, Hull Services is an amazing organization that specializes in providing behavioral, addiction, and mental health services to children and families in Southern Alberta. On any given day their work will reach up to 3,000 children, youth and families in need. The skatepark and sport court provides a safe and inviting outlet for skateboarding, BMX, inline skating, and other creative-play activities for youth and families visiting or residing on the campus. A heartwarming grand opening celebration took place on June 23, 2015 with the Banister Family, key supporters, and a stoked group of campus youth. The park has been making it’s impact ever since!
For 2016, we have set our sights overseas and are honoured to be working with the visionary team at Skateistan to construct a skate school and ~5,000 sqft concrete skatepark with classroom areas in Johannesburg, South Africa. Skateistan began as a grassroots 'Sport for Development' project on the streets of Kabul in 2007, and is now an award-winning, international NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) with projects in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa. Skateistan is the first international development initiative to combine skateboarding with educational outcomes. Skateistan is non-political, independent, and inclusive of all ethnicities, religions and social backgrounds.
The Johannesburg project will consist of a 5,000 sqft skatepark with two levels of shipping container classrooms and study areas. The park is laid out to include all the fundamental features scaled and arranged in a way that should facilitate learning and progression, as well as having a shaded green space for outdoor activities and classes. Once complete in summer 2016, the skate school will be providing free after-school education programs mixed with skateboarding classes for youth aged 5-17 in the area.
Our team will be sending 4 expert skatepark concrete finishers to assist with completion of the project. In support of this effort, we are hoping to help raise $20,000 towards the project costs. The project will also made possible by way of generous donations from The Skateroom, the Tony Hawk Foundation, and the Royal Danish Embassy of South Africa.
If you or anyone you know may be interested in making a contribution towards this life changing youth initiative, we invite you to join with us in supporting Skateistan with a donation in the coming weeks.