In Cambodia DIY (do-it-yourself) is a mindset. When we first set out to build a skatepark, we worked closely with a team of local welders to produce something fun and durable from scratch. With limited technology and transportation, every step presented a new creative challenge.
Once the ramps were completed and in place, the metal workers patiently revisited them several times to work out some kinks – adding metal plates to make the quarters flush with the ground and fine tuning the coping. In the video you’ll see that we transported the ramps, incredibly, by motorcycle.
Since skateboarding is so new in Cambodia, there are no welders and woodworkers with experience building ramps, or any knowledge of skateboarding at all. We were lucky to be able to find a team that was so easy to work with, and that could back our vision of having a fun and safe place for children to simply play and explore, in the middle of Phnom Penh.
On September 28 2012 we officially opened the park, office and classroom near Trabek Lake, and have since shared our passion for skateboarding with hundreds of local youth.