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Permanent Skateparks on School Campuses

Eduskate shreds red tape to get skate parks built at public schools. We understand that the interests of students don’t always fall within the lines of a football field or a baseball diamond. We think outside the box to change policy and work with existing dimensions of the school district to bring skating to at-risk students. We mediate conversation between school districts, insurance providers, financial sponsors/donors, and local government, and school staff while providing a replicable model for schools to follow. Eduskate will facilitate the process and construction of their second permanent skate park on LAUSD property at Southgate High School in California. Eduskate is seeking funding as a non-profit start up to further influence other school districts to build permanent skateparks. Le Conte Middle School in Hollywood California, home of Eduskate’s first permanent skatepark has carved the way to bring forth this, and many more permanent skateparks in order to accommodate the needs of our skateboarding athletes and at-risk students. Eduskate gained traction by assembling an innovative team at Le Conte MS that initiated key relationships and accepted the challenge of rewriting the policy of skateboarding for LAUSD.The Le Conte MS skatepark is scheduled to launch with the city of Hollywood in early 2011.

Who is the sponsoring organization?

Eduskate. strives to improve public education for America’s youth by emphasizing student engagement with innovative, extra-curricular skateboarding programs. By constructing skate parks on public schools, Eduskate improves academic performance by engaging at-risk students, fostering school involvement, and integrating skate culture into curriculum. This results in higher graduation rates, better test performance, decrease in gang and drug involvement, and safer communities. By integrating skate culture into public schools, LAUSD will reach a population of students that has historically under-performed academically due to feelings of disenfranchisement within their own communities. Schools do not have a history of supporting these student’s passion for skating. By harnessing this passion, the schools will see an increase in student participation and visibility at school, and a marked improvement in academic performance. In conjunction, students who have not yet been introduced to skateboarding will be exposed to the positive lessons this culture values: Independence, self-respect, respect for others, creativity, strong work ethic, perseverance, and achievement. With all it has to offer, it is clear that skate culture has been on the fringes of our Los Angeles community for too long. http://www.eduskate.org

Where will the project be located?

Los Angeles, California, United States

Los Angeles.

Do facilities at the location need to be constructed or upgraded?

Yes. Providing a facility would allow students to skate during bad weather and other unwanted conditions.

Are any further architectural or design services required?

Yes. Assistance would be ideal in order to enclose the skateparks.

Would this project benefit from the assistance of construction professionals?

Yes. Create a look and feel that ties the elements of the park into the architecture of the school.