Annapurna Skatepark is a project to build a community skatepark in Nepal's second largest city, Pokhara. There is a growing demand for safe spaces for skateboarding in the country. In April, an international group of professional skatepark builders will join local youth in Pokhara to educate them in concrete skatepark construction, providing the local community with a 400m² international standard skatepark for everyone to enjoy.
Make Life Skate Life secured donated land as well as permission from the municipality of Pokhara to construct a communtiy skatepark. More than 20 experienced skatepark builders from around the world will volunteer and lead the construction of the park. The international builders will be working with local volunteers to share their knowledge of skatepark construction. Together, the team will create a truly community-built skatepark. Local skateboarders will be provided with the tools, materials, and knowledge to create their own skatepark as well as the inspiration to lead their own future projects.
In May, after completion of Annapurna Skatepark, a female skate collective from New Zealand will host a workshop for three weeks to introduce girls to skateboarding and encourage them to appropriate the space for themselves. In the long term, we seek to implement a free of charge loaner system at Annapurna Skatepark to enable all youth access to skateboarding equipment and safety gear, regardless of economic standing.
During a visit to Nepal in November 2016, Make Life Skate Life organized a concrete skatepark building workshop together with local skateboarders. They are excited to learn more and to be part of building their own international standard skatepark in Pokhara.