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Let's Build A Skatepark In Saint Lucia!

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Skateboarding has had a presence in Saint Lucia for quite a few years now. These days, especially, the sport is getting a lot of local attention. People are interested in skateboarding and an increasing number of persons, both young and old, are buying boards, learning tricks, making skate videos and exploring the skateboarding culture.

So far, we, the growing skateboarding community, have been able to use suitable flatground, such as empty parking lots, shopping mall sidewalks and smooth roads to practise our craft. For those of us who want to truly progress, however, flatground alone will not be enough to take our skills to the next level.

We want to be able to do things like representing our island in international competitions and regional competitions such as the "One Movement Invitational Skateboarding Contest" held annually in Barbados. If we are going to perform well, we need a place to hone our skills. If we want to give people in Saint Lucia the opportunity to practise skateboarding as , not just a hobby, but as a sport, we NEED to have a skatepark on the island.

Having a skatepark available serves as more than just a training ground for experienced skaters. It also serves as a safe area where new skaters can go to practise in a controlled environment away from traffic and pedestrians. It would also help skaters avoid getting injured by foreign objects such as gravel and broken glass that can be found out in the street.

A skatepark can also open doors in the business world. There are many persons on the island currently who would like to adopt skateboarding as a pastime, but complain of the lack of a proper facility and are dissuaded from entering the sport. Having a skatepark would be an incentive for more people to join the community and an opportunity for skate shops to open up to meet the inevitable growth in demand that a skatepark would encourage.

We at Unveil Skateboarding, the local crew, ask that you support us in our initiative to get a public skatepark built on the island. We would be grateful for any form of support and we thank you , in advance, for helping us to achieve this dream!

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