Local Jerusalem skateboarders will tell you that the need for a skatepark in the city has always been expressed. The campaign for the park really took headway in 2010 with a rally of around 300 local skaters outside the city’s municipality.
Back in 2009, a group of nine skateboarders got together to campaign for a skatepark in Jerusalem, and on the annual skateboarders day, which occurs on June 21st, around 300 skateboarders from around the country joined them outside the Jerusalem municipality to support the rally. In order to promote the park, the group mostly used Facebook, where they had a group of over 1,000 likes and supporters, and also passed out flyers around the city. The agenda was to keep the park fresh in Jerusalemites’ minds and hearts. Nowadays, there’s less of a reason to heavily promote the park, but the skateboarders’ community still see meaning behind sharing the park’s activities by posting pictures and videos of the skatepark’s life.
In 2011, the mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, came to the school of one of the skateboarders responsible for the park, Noam Revkin-Fenton. Noam got the opportunity to tell the mayor about the park project from a to z. The mayor then understood the meaning behind the project and how it could be beneficial to the city of Jerusalem.
The park officially opened on May 19, 2014 and hasn’t been empty since. One of the skateboarders that was a big part of the park campaign, who also happens to be one of the top skaters in Israel, organizes private lessons and camps during the children’s school vacations. This is something that had never happened before the park’s existence.
The park now gets a good amount of people on a daily basis, from near and far, young and old and from a variety of backgrounds. Check out the Skatepark’s skaters on their Facebook page. The success of the park can be attributed to the talented skateboarder and photographer Noam Revkin-Fenton who was one of the main people to start the whole campaign for the park while still in his teens.
By Nomi Cooper-Rosenberg
Nomi is a 25-year-old communications student at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. She grew up in Jerusalem, Israel. She is very active online – you can find her through a variety of platforms including Instagram, Her awareness page, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.