SKATE AID BUILDS FIRST CONCRETE SKATE PARK IN NAMIBIA

SKATE AID BUILDS FIRST CONCRETE SKATE PARK IN NAMIBIA
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NBC Sport

CHRISTEL KOTZE

NBC Sport recently paid a visit to the School for the Hearing Impaired in Khomasdal, Windhoek, where a first-of-its-kind Concrete Skate Park, is currently being built.

The skate park is constructed through Skate Aid, a charity organization in Germany that builds such facilities around the world by means of donations. Skate Parks of a similar nature have already been built in Kenya and Rwanda.

In Windhoek, a team of builders has been hard at work for the past three weeks. They began to establish the first layer of concrete last week.

NBC Sport found Arne Fiehl and his team on site. Fiehl is a former board editor for the German skateboard magazine BOARDSTEIN. He is currently helping out with the building of the Skate Park as he has been building skate parks professionally for the past 10 years.

Fiehl also took the producers from NBC Sport through the park and explained the motivation behind the construction of various details that are of benefit to the skaters.

He said that the design of the park was key for the leaders to learn the basics of Skateboarding, using the opsticals like the quarter pipe, the banks, the curb and bow with additional speed humps to help with the continuation of tricks without putting your foot down. There’s a little bit of everything, thus making it the perfect playground for starters and amateurs even for professionals too.

Skate Aid will also send a second crew down to Namibia after the completion of the park to teach the kids how to skate with donated skateboarding equipment.

The official opening is scheduled for the 23th of February.