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DIY Skatepark for Christchurch

21.Dec.2015

For the past four years, Levi’s® Skateboarding has been building DIY skate parks around the globe – giving back to communities and youth groups in need.

This work is critical for many reasons. Not only does skateboarding and the building of new parks bring communities together, but it helps young people with all sorts of social issues from all walks of life on many levels.

Skateboarding is an inclusive sport that builds both confidence and a sense of individual self and belonging.

After twelve months in the making the most recent Levi’s® Skate project has finally been completed in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Dubbed “Hectic Park” by Al Partanen – the name is somewhat fitting and describes this whole project and its many challenges well.

The Levi’s® US Skate Team consisting of Josh Matthews, Dan Plunkett, Pat Moran, Joey Pepper, Al Partanen and Marius Syvanen recently flew in from the States to get their hands dirty, skate some local sites of Christchurch and help us with completing the project.

A big thankyou to all of the amazing humans who helped us bring this passion project to life in giving the youth of Christchurch somewhere new and fun to skate.

The skate community across the world generally speaking is a small and tight knit crew and so it was amazing to see everyone pull together to rebel against the system and red tape to achieve a positive outcome for the City of Christchurch that has sadly not seen much development or progress since the devastating earthquakes of 2011.

Stay tuned for the release of the Christchurch Skateboarding documentary set to launch in February 2016 and for the full assortment of amazing images captured by the acclaimed Ryan Allan.

To see some of the other Levi’s® Skateboarding projects from around the world – take a look here:

Skateboarding in Pine Ridge – The South Dakota Build Documentary

Skateboarding in Oakland – Town Park Documentary

Skateboarding in La Paz (Full-length Documentary)

Levi’s® India Skateboarding Full Documentary

Skateboarding in Johannesburg

Photo: Nicky Rowsell