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Ugandan Skatepark
May 18, 2010 4:07 AM   Subscribe

A photoset of the first Ugandan skatepark. Built by kids in Kitintale, a working-class suburb of Kampala, without government help or support of any organisation, the skateboard park has become an unexpected focus for a community.
posted by johnny novak (12 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

 
I always saw skateboarding as a reaction to an environment increasingly made of concrete.
A skateboard community where there's no pavement is very odd. Interesting to see what tricks they come up with.
You better make that ollie over the goat - a fire hydrant is not forgiving, but at least it won't chase you.
posted by charles kaapjes at 4:19 AM on May 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ah, hell yeah. The Ugandans are gonna kick total skateboard ass, you just watch.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:39 AM on May 18, 2010


More than most local kids could get off their asses and achieve. Good for them.
posted by dowcrag at 5:50 AM on May 18, 2010


How terribly sad that they have to enclose it with barbed wire.
posted by Camofrog at 6:40 AM on May 18, 2010


I love how they had to put a net around it to keep the goats out. AWESOME!
posted by snsranch at 7:19 AM on May 18, 2010


Previous discussion, with the Uganda Skateboard Union's BOARDMASTER: THE MOVIE!!
posted by Smart Dalek at 7:25 AM on May 18, 2010


That's really cool! I wish there was more background on how it was built. It's way more well made than I was thinking it would be before I clicked on the link. Also, I didn't see any barbed wire -- just regular old fence to keep the goats out. And, skaters look the same all over the world.
posted by bluefly at 7:25 AM on May 18, 2010


Should have previewed! Ask and ye shall receive on Metafilter.
posted by bluefly at 7:27 AM on May 18, 2010


I always said that Twinkies and Snickers bars were the downfall of the Soviet Union -- once people saw little human comforts on the other side of the fence, it wasn't long before they wanted the same.

By the same token, here's hoping that skateboarding lights a spark in Uganda. Tony Hawk will save the lives that UNICEF can't.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 8:06 AM on May 18, 2010


I don't skateboard, but damn if looking at that photoset didn't give me goosebumps. That's just awesome.
posted by hippybear at 8:22 AM on May 18, 2010


It's so weird to see the stylish clothes and nice skate shoes juxtaposed against the shanties and goats. I'm happy for these people. Though I confess my heart skipped a beat when I saw the guy in picture 4 skating on dirt. Won't somebody please think of the bearings?!
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 9:03 AM on May 18, 2010


Teenage boys in Uganda somehow got together and built themselves a beautiful skateboard park.

Teenage Boys of the World! Build a Skateboard Park! Unite! Somehow! Beautifully!
posted by drogien at 2:41 PM on May 18, 2010


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