On February 22nd, 2011, at 12:51pm, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake and numerous aftershocks tore through the city center of Christchurch, New Zealand. 185 people were killed and thousands were displaced with their lives forever changed. Inspired by other recent Levi’s skatepark builds around the world, several members of the Christchurch skateboarding community reached out to the Levi’s brand seeking support to help revive the skate community in Christchurch.
The crew at Levi’s quickly signed on to help, recruiting eager team ambassadors Josh Matthews, Joey Pepper, Al Partanen, Marius Syvanen, Pat Moran and Dan Plunkett. An all-star cast rolled up their sleeves to help the Christchurch skate community. With bags packed, the crew departed for New Zealand where they were determined to work closely with the locals of Christchurch to help create something that would be a meaningful contribution towards rebuilding their community. In less than 48 hours this past December 2016, Christchurch locals and the Levi’s Skateboarding crew banned together to find an available plot of land, cleared it of all plants and debris and built a skatepark. If you don’t think it’s possible, watch here and be convinced otherwise.
This marks the sixth skate park built around the world by the Levi’s brand and skate team ambassadors. Other global park builds include Bangalore, India, La Paz, Bolivia, Oakland, California, Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota and Johannesburg, South Africa.
On February 22nd, 2011 a 6.3 magnitude earthquake ripped through the centre of Christchurch followed by severe aftershocks killing 185 people, destroying a city, a community and the lives of thousands of people. 5-years on and the rubble still lies in the streets of Christchurch as a cold reminder of what mother nature is capable of.
Thanks to Levi’s® Skateboarding we were able to give back to a community in need, following the lead from previous projects from Levi’s Skateboarding in Bolivia, India, Oakland and most recently Pine Ridge. Red the full story at Monster Children by clicking here.
On the heels of supporting Holystoked and 2er with the DIY build in Bangalore, India and what Jamie O’Brien led in Johannesburg, South Africa, Levi’s Skateboarding took to La Paz, Bolivia, this past spring to support Milton Arellano and his efforts to make skateboarding accessible to the greater skateboarding community.
More than 100 volunteers from over a dozen different nations were joined by professional skateboarders Al Partanen, Josh Matthews, David Gravette, Chet Childress, Joey Pepper, Dan Plunkett and Marius Syvanen to help build what is now one of the largest skateparks in all of South America at 2,000 square meters.
Volunteers from outside of the area and pros alike slept for weeks in makeshift huts a few hundred yards up from the build site where they cooked each meal on camp stoves and rested up from sixteen-hour days of pouring and finishing concrete.
The result of endless days and campfire nights is a skatepark that’s suited to every level of skating and large enough to support the entire city of La Paz and beyond. While Levi’s® helped to make materials obtainable, it’s the dedication of Milton, the community of La Paz and the global skateboarding community that made this park a reality. See the results of all of this hard work and catch the entire short film above to inspire you to organize a build in your community.