Annapurna Skatepark is a community skatepark in Nepal's second largest city, Pokhara, seeking to accommodate the growing demand for safe spaces for skateboarding in the country. In April 2017, an international group of professional skatepark builders joined local youth in Pokhara to educate them in concrete skatepark construction, providing the local community with a 500m² international standard skatepark for everyone to enjoy.
Make Life Skate Life secured donated land as well as permission from the municipality of Pokhara and raised close to 20 thousand dollars through an online fundraiser to construct the skatepark. More than 20 experienced volunteer skatepark builders from around the world participated during construction and shared their knowledge with local volunteers. Together, the team created a truly community-built skatepark. The local community was 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, female collective Refurb Skate from New Zealand hosts 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 in Kathmandu by adding ramps to an existing space. The skatepark is operated by local skateshop owner Ujwol Dangol.