Detroit has long been known as a hardworking city, defined by its productivity from motorcars to Motown music. Now the creative community is revitalizing their city and bringing new energy to downtown life. Levi’s Skateboarding teamed up with locals to help build a DIY skate spot, and will return to Detroit in 2017 to partner on the build of a new skate park.
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.
While checking out the Levi’s Skateboarding build project in Pine Ridge, SD, the guys went out and found some spots away from the parks. Follow Josh Matthews, Pat Moran, Marius Syvanen, Joey Pepper, and Jerry Mraz around South Dakota, from the newly built parks in Pine Ridge to the streets of Rapid City.
While on the Levi’s Skateboarding skate park build in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, Jerry Mraz took some time to show the kids how to build their own things to skate. This feature shows a quick how to for a bank to ledge in an abandoned barn on the Pine Ridge reservation.