After more than a year of hard work and positive growth, Skateistan Cambodia announced the grand opening of its very own covered skateboard facility in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. According to Skateistan:
The new skateboard park will be the largest facility of its kind in Cambodia, suitable for year-round skateboard lessons. It will include a number of ramps and obstacles, as well as a three story indoor space for creative arts and other educational activities. The new facility will be open to Khmer youth between the ages of 5 and 17 who choose to enroll in regular Skateistan Programming.
Skateistan Cambodia has been in operation since March 2011. Until now, Skateistan Cambodia had been providing mobile skateboarding sessions for a number of partner organizations including Friends International, Pour un Sourire D'Enfant (PSE), and Tiny Toones. Skateistan began in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 2007 and is now an international NGO providing skateboarding and educational programming in Afghanistan, Cambodia and Pakistan. Skateistan is non-political, independent, and inclusive of all ethnicities, religions and social backgrounds, with a focus on programs for girls and streetworking youth.
An official opening event for the facility will be held on September 28th, 2012 between 3 and 5 pm. A number of Skateistan's staff and students will be present to show off their skills in the park, as well as their musical abilities as they complete a DJ camp with our new partner organization, Turning Tables. All representatives of the media are welcome to attend.