What’s going on at the Freedom Skatepark?
The Freedom Skatepark is running Concrete Jungle Foundation’s Edu-Skate Programme. This programme uses skateboarding as a tool to stimulate personal and community development in developing communities around the world. This programme focuses on:
Edu-Skate Personal Development
~Soft skills: we work on soft skills through the programme Edu-Skate, which aims at transfering the life-skills you learn in skateboarding like perseverance, respect, courage, and a supportive attitude to life in general. The classes are free of charge for youth ages 6-16.
~Hard skills: CJF’s Planting Seeds Programme provides paid apprenticeship placements and jobs for local adolescents.
Edu-Skate Community Development
~Soft skills: we believe a skatepark can be a powerful place that brings people together and timulates positive socialization. One of the biggest aims of the Freedom Skatepark is ensuring it is an accessible, positive and safe space that nurtures an engaged community to grow around it.
~Hard skills: every month we organize a community activity to bring the community together and work on projects that need to be done around the park. These activities are aimed at stimulating a sense of ownership for the skatepark community, as well as providing opportunities to gain experience in the skills involved in these activities like carpentry, gardening and event management. Depending on the volunteers and initiatives, we also organize workshops for the youth during the weekends and smaller community jobs with similar aims.
~Edu-Skate classes are available on select weekdays from 3-430PM. These are free skateboarding group classes for youth ages 6-16, registration is required. Please come by the skatepark to sign up! These classes are offered on a quarterly basis.
~Private classes 1.5 hour skateboarding classes with private instructor. Includes board rental, protection gear and water. $3000JMD for 1 person, $2000JMD for each additional person.
Board Rental (registration required)
~Skateboard $100JMD per session
~Protection gear $100JMD per session
~Free rental applicable if you help with jobs around the skatepark. Inquire with Skatepark Manager
Freedom Skatepark offers an after school homework program for the children in our community. They are supported by a local tutor 4 days per week who assists with core subjects. Our children also enjoy educational field trips. This program is supported by Sandals Foundation.
If you’d like to volunteer please get in touch!
~Vending: the Freedom Skatepark offers vending opportunities. We offer vending spaces for $500JMD/day. Relevant licenses required (ie food handler’s permits, vending license etc). Please send email for inquiries.
Video shoot: the park can be rented for photo/video shoots in exchange for a donation of $50,000JMD to the Freedom Skatepark. Please email us for the application form.
All income generated at the Freedom Skatepark will be re-injected directly into the maintenance of the park.
Your donations will go towards the long term maintenance of the park and ensuring the children have continued access to the programmes we provide. Thank you for your support!