In 2016, the Concrete Jungle Foundation received the green light from local officials to support its efforts to build its very first skatepark in Trujillo, a coastal city 9 hours north of Lima. Relying on a crowdfunding campaign, in 3 months we successfully raised the $10,000 necessary to build the 150m2 complex. In one month, with the support of several volunteers, the first skatepark was completed in the Colegio Simon Lozano Garcia in Alto Trujillo. It is today an active space supporting this disadvantaged community in the outskirts of Trujillo.
Our aim is to reuse as many materials as possible. The Colegio Simon Lozano Garcia is situated near a repository where we found a plethora of useful materials that would otherwise go to waste, including rocks and old tires. In 2 weeks we were able to collect enough raw materials to build the park.
We also found utility in the space we selected - what was once an abandoned open lot was transformed into the site for our space, demonstrating to the children and the local community the usefulness of repurposing space and that trash can be turned into treasure.
The construction of the park also illustrated the importance of community involvement. While we had enlisted volunteers at first, our small project soon attracted more attention and we began inviting locals to participate in the construction of their future space.
In 4 weeks, with the help of over 40 volunteers from Canada, USA, Australia, Belgium, England, France, Switzerland and, last but not least Peru, we finished the first skatepark belonging to a school in Peru.
From the very early stages, the project was designed to be passed on to a local NGO, ensuring that children could be given daily classes and properly supervised.
Concrete Jungle Foundation partnered with SKIP -Supporting Kids in Peru.
The skatepark, in addition to 50 skateboards, donated and shipped on behalf of Donate for Skate, a US-based NGO, and a supply of helmets, were passed on to Skip on the 28th of April 2016, the inaugural date of the skatepark.
With the support of the Director and the teachers of the school, SKIP is now running daily classes that are part of the children’s curriculum. They can choose between regular sports or skateboarding. Regular physical activity through active participation has provided a new outlet for these kids to express themselves.