Over the last few years with the influence of skating companies like WAF who’ve helped make skating a more mainstream activity, skateboarding as a sport has grown in popularity especially amongst the younger generation who are taking up the sport as a form of liberation against the norm and thrive in the ‘community values that guide Skating.
To help foster the development of the skateboarding culture even more WAF has announced they’ll be building the first-ever – much needed – Skatepark in Nigeria. ‘WAF SkatePark’ as it’s called will be built in Lagos state in collaboration with Freedom Park Lagos.
“In partnership with Freedom Park, we are delighted to announce the development of WAF Skate Park, the first of its kind in Nigeria. We see this partnership as an excellent opportunity for cultural and cross-generational exchange that will actively provide opportunities for youth development, while purposefully increasing social cohesion within the city in the long run.”
WAF considers this initiative as the next step in strengthening our community of skateboarders and BMXers, as well as empowering local youth. The park, which will be of international standard, and designed and built by Studio Contra, wheretofromhere and Concrete Jungle Foundation, is set to be located on the portion of Freedom park that used to be prisoners’ bathing quarters.
WAF Park will have a series of diverse programs consisting of workshops, competitions, skate, and BMX camps, skateboarding lessons, film screenings, seminars, extreme sports exhibitions, art exhibitions, DIY projects and so much more. There will also be a Clubhouse Café serving refreshments; a shop that stocks WAF merch as well as products from their family and friends within our local and global community. The park will serve as a community center that both unites skateboarders in Lagos, promotes our interests, and drives sustainable development at a local level.
WAF Park is supported by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN). We are open to partnerships with brands and people that are interested in seeing this through with us, so please get in touch with our management if you would love to be a part of our next chapter. WAF Park is in development and is expected to launch in April 2022. We hope you are as excited as we are!