UK-based nonprofit charity Flipping Youth, founded by William Wilson, has launched its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for what will be Kingston, Jamaica’s very first skatepark: Freedom Skatepark & Youth Centre in Kingston. According to Wilson, who worked as a police officer in London, England, “We have an amazing team of people committed to the project, we have secured the land in Kingston, and raised £100,000 to build the skatepark. However, in order for the project to be sustainable and provide opportunity for the skaters in a place where youth unemployment levels are high, we have decided to build a youth centre at the skatepark that will focus on education and youth entrepreneurship.”
Flipping Youth is asking for roughly $43,000 (which includes different levels of rewards for donors) to complete this project, which doesn’t sound like a whole hell of a lot considering the epic potential for community building. (Concrete Jungle Foundation is doing the skatepark construction and implementing the Edu-Skate programme.) The catch is that if the full amount isn’t raised within 29 days, the campaign will get nothing.
Help get this historic skatepark off the ground by donating at Freedom Skatepark’s Kickstarter campaign page. There’s also a new minidoc on the campaign page which details the process of this much-needed project.
Artwork by Magenta’s Glen Fox.