Roots Skate Park on the “Big Island” of Hawaii is now an open with features for all skill levels. With plans to build 13,000 sq. ft. We also are developing a BMX style bike Park. Thank you all for your contributions to provide a safe, clean, exhilarating environment for our children. Hours are when Kamehameha Park opens, usually 7am to 7pm.
Formed in January of 2007, Roots Advocates for Youth is an official non-profit organization that focuses on providing lasting improvements in society with an emphasis on helping children, and creating a safe, modern, and controlled recreational environment for children and their families. Roots Skatepark committee is dedicated to planning, designing, fundraising, constructing and maintaining a 13,000 square foot, in ground, concrete recreational facility for the youth of Kohala Hawaii on the “Big Island.”
The construction team is lead by two members of the skatepark committee. Brian Sandlin of Abstract Pools and Masonry has over nine years experience in design and construction of in-ground concrete skateparks and has completed over 30 such facilities on the mainland of the United States, Grand Caymans, Caribbean, and closer to home here in Hawaii and on Oahu.
Kids are naturally curious and attracted to activities like skateboarding. Skateboarding involves essential lifelong physical and mental skills that can be beneficial to kids both immediately, and throughout their lives. In addition to these physical and mental skills, skateboarding provides opportunities to learn and develop self-confidence, as well as positive interactions with others. Although many activities prove to be a healthy influence on a child’s development, that activity will have greater significance if the child has chosen it on their own. Of the many different influences a child will be exposed to, skateboarding proves to have some unique qualities.
First, skateboarding is intrinsically satisfying. Children are naturally going to gravitate towards an activity that involves the freedom of rolling, turning, jumping and the types of movements incorporated into the skateboarding experience. The different heights, speeds, and technical movements involved in the act of skateboarding provide a natural environment where a child can learn to solve problems and overcome fears.
Besides the obvious physical benefits of skateboarding, there are mental benefits as well. The complex movements involved in skateboarding illustrate important physical concepts to a skateboarder. Believe it or not, in skateboarding there are important rules that need to be learned and followed. Some of these rules are unvarying (physical laws with real consequences if broken), and rules that relate to ones own safety as well as the safety of others. Because skateboarding is so attractive to developing children, and it is an activity that they have chosen on their own, the lessons learned may be more effectively retained.
“There is a lot more to skateboarding than just a board and four wheels. This is not an organized sport. There are not any rules. It can be competitive, It can be an art form and it’s naturally atractive to kids. It satisfies every kid’s desire to push himself to see if he can do it.”
Skate Hawaii, Roots skate park Kohala Hawaii.
Roots Advocates for Youth Contact.
Please contact Richie at:
P.O. Box 946