SUPPORTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF INCLUSIVE PUBLIC SPACES FOR YOUTH THROUGH SKATEBOARDING, CRAFTS & ARTS
JORDAN, A SAFE HAVEN FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH AND ADULTS OF NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES
Jordan hosts a multitude of refugees from neighboring countries. Today, there are 57 nationalities present in Jordan. It is one of the top 10 countries to host the largest number of refugees in the world.
Although more than 70% of the population in Amman is younger than 30, there is an immense lack of public spaces and free recreational outlets available for the youth in the city of Amman. Most recreational spaces tend to be private or residential. Safe spaces that are also child-friendly, are almost entirely inaccessible to refugees and those living within the lower socioeconomic class.
ABANDONED AREA TRANSFORMS INTO A 650 M² SKATEPARK
$ 20,000 RAISED IN A CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN FOR THE FIRST PUBLIC SKATEPARK IN JORDAN
In response to the scarcity of safe public spaces, in 2014 Make Life Skate Life, Philadelphia Skateboards, and the Greater Amman Municipality established a community building project. After raising over $20,000 in an online crowd funding campaign, the 7Hills team began construction in the area allocated by the Amman Municipality, in downtown Amman.
A group of international and local volunteers constructed 7Hills skatepark. In less than three weeks, an abandoned area filled with garbage and dirt was transformed to a 650 m² concrete skatepark. During the 18-days build, professional skatepark builders worked with local youth to teach them the craftsmanship of concrete skatepark construction.
2016, A NEWLY LAUNCHED SKATEBOARD PROGRAM FOR DISADVANTAGED YOUTH
October 2016, 7Hills launched a skate program for local and refugee youth. The ongoing program, is currently still active, and includes weekly skateboard classes, a loaner system, a leadership program and an outreach platform. 7Hills provides a secure space for people from all walks of life. It offers a lifelong tool - skateboarding, to defeat gender, racial, religious or cultural inequalities. 7Hills tries to reach the most vulnerable groups in the area and provides them with a platform for personal development, empowerment and social interaction.
2021, SECOND 7HILLS SKATEPARK IS BUILT IN EAST AMMAN'S INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT
WHY EAST AMMAN?
We decided upon Qweismeh, East Amman because it has many vulnerable areas, it is very densely populated, and houses a lot of people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. There are barely enough recreational spaces or parks for young people and in general it is very poor in opportunities for the youth to learn, be creative, and do something meaningful. We want to bring something fun to young people, teach them the many things skateboarding has taught us.
AL HAMDULLILAH! 7HILLS BUILT A SECOND, 650M2 SKATEPARK, IN THE HEART OF AN OVERPOPULATED ZONE IN EAST AMMAN.
This project was a collaboration between 7Hills, UNICEF Jordan, the Ministry of Youth and the Greater Amman Municipality. Under the supervision of 7Hills Team and the international construction team, the construction site was open for the local community members to take part in the whole process, learn more about skatepark construction and encourage local ownership of the space from day one.
A big shout out to all people who have been supporting our fundraiser-campaign to make this happen!
2021, 7HILLS LAUNCHES A CREATIVE ARTS AND CRAFTS HUB!
7Hills Al Raseef 153 is a makerspace to support creativity, experimentation and innovation within the city of Amman. This project is a partnership between 7Hills and STPLN, a creative hub in Malmö, Sweden.
Al Raseef means ‘Sidewalk’ in Arabic and is located right in front of the entrance of the 7Hills skatepark. The creative hub fosters experimentation with “making” and “creating” in ways that connect “the public space” with “the private space” in an open and constant discussion.
7HILLS AL RASEEF 153 MOUNTS WORKSHOPS RANGING FROM FURNITURE MAKING, STENCIL AND MURAL PAINTING, DESIGN YOUR OWN CLOTHING, SILKSCREEN PRINTING, FILMING, EDITING AND MORE.