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Eyethu Skatepark in Hout Bay to finally open its doors

Written by: Lengwadishang Ramphele

The Eyethu Skatepark in Hout Bay - which was spearheaded by Rotary Hout Bay and supported by volunteers - has been given the go-ahead by the City of Cape Town to open their doors to the youth from the area.

This is after four years of grueling work and tireless fund-raising.

Eyethu Skatepark co-founder and head design architect, Lawden Holmes, says it has been hard to raise funds for the project because it is doesn't fall in a particular category of being educational or health care based.

He says a skateboard park is a perfect starting point to provide a safe space for the youth in the area and allow them to be children.

Read: Make Hout Bay's dream of a skate park come true

When we hand out skateboards on Saturdays you must see the excitement on the faces of these kids.

Lawden Holmes, Eyethu Skatepark co-founder and Head Design Architect

These kids come from very tough neighbourhoods so Saturday is the day of the week where they get to be kids, come together and learn from each other.

Lawden Holmes, Eyethu Skatepark co-founder and Head Design Architect

Holmes says the building of the skateboard park will start this year with the support of the sponsors and carry on fundraising in the next year to finish the construction.

To hear the rest of the conversation with Lawden Holmes, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Eyethu Skatepark in Hout Bay to finally open its doors




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