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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 25 2012

Pinchando el Parque (Patinodromo Skatepark) (Canceled)

We have been working on Havana's only skatepark for almost two years and need additional funds to complete the project!

Pinchando el Parque (Patinodromo Skatepark) (Canceled)

We have been working on Havana's only skatepark for almost two years and need additional funds to complete the project!

$548
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
24
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 25 2012

About

Pinchando el Parque

El Patinodromo is the only skatepark in Havana.  In a city of two million people there is an emerging contingent of skateboarders.  These skaters need a safe and healthy environment to pursue their passion, however, the skatepark remains in great disrepair.  We are seeking funds to complete ongoing renovations of the park.  Your help will pay for new ramps, stairs, rails and countless other obstacles for skateboarders of all levels to challenge themselves and continue improving.

January 2012 Construction
January 2012 Construction

New York based graffiti artist and muralist, Sofia Maldonado, will be working with us to design the park upon its completion.  Sofia is an extremely gifted and talented artist and we are blessed to have her as part of the team.  Additionally, Burlington College’s Woodworking Program will help lead the efforts on the wood portions of the park.

Members of Cuba Skate will be joined by volunteers and work diligently with Cuban skaters to complete this project.  We will all be working together for a mutual goal, and will be putting in our blood, sweat and tears to construct and design remaining areas of the skatepark.  

There are many benefits to skateparks. They provide community value in five significant ways.

1. Social Benefits 2. Health and Developmental Benefits 3. Public Comfort and Safety Benefits 4. Economic Benefits 5. Community Development Benefits*

Upcoming target areas of the park.
Upcoming target areas of the park.

- A place for kids to express themselves in an individual and athletic manner. Getting kids, particularly at-risk kids, involved in a personal and esteem-building activity like skateboarding helps them build the confidence to do well in other aspects of their lives.

- Providing recreational opportunities to young children helps them develop healthy, active lifestyles, and the growing popularity of skateboarding is encouraging more and more people to go outside and roll.  It encourages children to spend time outdoors, tests their endurance, sharpens their senses, and develops their creativity. Youth in low-income areas are particularly prone to health issues related to lack of exercise due to the expense of equipment and travel, or lack of leisure time. For these communities a local skatepark becomes an effective tool that teaches healthy, athletic living at an impressionable age.

- Skateparks, even the more challenging ones, are far safer than kids rolling through busy streets.

Cuban Skater Roberto Gomez at El Patindromo, backside tail grind on a makeshift fun box.
Cuban Skater Roberto Gomez at El Patindromo, backside tail grind on a makeshift fun box.

- Skateparks provide a place for local youth to practice their tricks. This means that they’re not skating downtown or in areas where they are seen as a nuisance, a menace, or causing damage to structures. In addition to the direct health benefits, research even suggests that skateboarding can help keep teens out of trouble. A 2006 study found that skateboarders are less likely to smoke cigarettes, have sex, and skip school. (“Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Patterns are Associated with Selected Adolescent Health Risk Behaviors,” PEDIATRICS, Vol. 117 No. 4, April 2006)

- When parks are built right—with local skater input and involvement throughout the process—those youth develop a sense of ownership, pride, and community engagement. The very existence of the park is the result of their hard work and interaction with the broader community. They worked with civic and local business leaders, with each other on design elements, and with the community to find a suitable location. These previously disenfranchised skaters, who once ran from the police, find themselves working with the police, the city, and the community as a whole. It’s a transformational process for these young people.

- Skateparks allow the broader community to see the skateboarding youth for what they truly are: Passionate, dedicated athletes that voluntarily seek physical recreation. Most communities with new skateparks are surprised to see how popular and positive the facility is and regret not making it larger.

*The above information can be found on the Tony Hawk Foundation.

Expenses:

Concrete $750 + Sand $500 + Bricks $500 + Rocks $750 + Tools $1000 + Metal $750 + Wood $750 + Spray paints $500  = TOTAL $5,000

Doing work!
Doing work!

Sport has the ability to change the world, the power to inspire, the power to unite in a way little else can. It speaks to the youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is an instrument for peace. 

-Nelson Mandela

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