We recently passed a huge milestone in the process of opening a new Skate School in Bamyan, Afghanistan - we now have a skatepark! In March and April, an international team of expert skatepark builders traveled to Bamyan to work with local construction teams to create this absolutely awesome space.
Soon up to 800 children will be shredding in this incredible spot. In fact, some of our students have already tested out the space and they seem pretty stoked about the upcoming opening of their Skate School.
We want to say a huge thank you to New Line Skateparks, who supported this build and brought together the amazing team who built this place. Huge thanks to Jesse, Leo, Max, Dan and Lisa who not only brought their expertise but also shared it, by providing an apprenticeship in skatepark building for three of our staff in the Afghan teams - Merza, Fereidon and Ainullah.
We also want to give a huge shout out to The Skateroom who have provided us with the funding to make this skatepark a reality. Those good folks have been supporting Skateistan for years now and it’s so good to see this dream come to life. To make this happen, they've worked with Raymond Pettibon, David Zwirner Gallery, MoMA Design Store, Yoshitomo Nara and LACMA. Thanks to all!
Take a look around the skatepark and adjoining sport court.
Construction work continues on the rest of the Skate School, which is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing more updates from Bamyan, so stay tuned!