The Eyethu Skate Park addresses vital community needs that go far beyond just the provision of a safe place for skaters.
This community project, passionately driven by Hout Bay Rotary has social and economic benefits for the entire Hout Bay community, no matter their colour, creed or race. It actively promotes social inclusion and looks to improve our shared environment to improve people’s quality of life.
This vital public space can help Hout Bay residents better understand and identify with their neighbours, their history and their environment.
Research shows that community strategies that involve physical recreation and activity are particularly promising in minimising harmful risk factors in children. Getting kids particularly at-risk kids, involved in a personal and esteem-building activity like skateboarding helps to build their confidence to do well in other aspects of their lives and helps to eliminate boredom and drug use.
The growing popularity of skateboarding is encouraging more and more people to go outside and roll – helping them develop healthy, active lifestyles. The Eyethu Skate Park provides a safe space that promotes the values of social inclusion and youth development.
When parks are built right – with local skater input and community involvement it encourages youths to develop a sense of ownership, pride, and community engagement.
Once built, the Eyethu Skate Park will also be able to act as a host venue for local community events, upliftment initiatives, workshops, holiday clubs, life-skills courses etc.