Illustration by Silvan Zweifel
Forever Playground is documenting skateboarding socials projects for underprivileged youth around the world and giving exposure to inspiring solidarity initiatives and unknown skateboarding scenes to highlight the inspirational work from various organizations dedicated to the same cause : sharing the passion of skateboarding to those who can benefit from it the most.
To do so, we are editing and publishing quality print magazines once a year and running an online platform with monthly updates about international social projects.
Forever Playground is supporting social community projects by distributing funds and equipment for skatepark builds and skateboard programs where it’s most needed.
To be able to finance such projects, we sell our magazine as well as merchandise online and organise fundraising events such as release publication parties, exhibitions, video premieres, skateboarding animations, workshops and more.
Forever Playground is researching and classifying skateboarding cultural knowledge in various fields that range from social change, education, mental health and lifestyle ethics to urbanism, politics, self empowerment and community development.
For this, we are editing A Skate library, an online platform dedicated to cultural knowledge within skateboarding where books, academic research, articles, documentaries, conferences & talks are classified by theme and directly linked, if public.
Forever Playground is an international non profit organisation that documents and funds social projects in the realm of skateboarding.
All our proceeds are directly invested in supporting skateboarding social projects carrying a social impact on the youth and the community.2020-2021 Annual Report
Picture by Joel Meinholz
Forever Playground donated 1000 euros to Radio Zaatari (Jordan) in 2021.
Forever Playground donated 1000 euros to Wonders Around the World to publish the We Skate Mongu book in 2021.
Forever Playground donated 1000 euros to Skate World Better (Zambia) in 2021.
Forever Playground donated 2000 euros to Wonders Around the World (Mazunte) in 2021.
Forever Playground donated 500 euros to 7Hills (Jordan) in 2021.
Forever Playground donated 10 pairs of shoes to Lebanon in 2020.
Forever Playground donated 2500 euros to Concrete Jungle Foundation (Jamaica) in 2020.
Forever Playground donated 10 pairs of shoes for the Kingston project in 2020.
Forever Playground donated 10 pairs of shoes for the Tanzania project in 2020.
At Forever Playground we deeply believe in playgrounds and want to see more of it growing around the world. Skateboarding playgrounds, because they are open, free and non discriminatory of gender, race, age or social and cultural background. Also because they are fields that encourage solidarity instead of competitiveness, freedom and initiatives instead of obedience and mimicry, creativity instead of conformism. They are places that teach how failure is a necessary step towards success, they are homes of mistakes tolerance and skills generosity.
Skateboarding and the inherent positive values at its core bring new experiences to emulate self expression, engage cross cultural connections and build up resilience among individuals. We believe skateboarding has a unique potential to connect people together no matter their differences and as a result creates strong communities of eclectic individuals who engage in society with the will to make it a better place for all.
We also believe in playing as the purest act of love, a way to express our love for life. Skateboarding is a playful activity shared among all generations allowing everyone to interact on a deeper level. Playing is and will be the purest social interaction we will ever have. When there’s no other interest than having fun, when there’s nothing at stake that would compromise our social status or our finances, we’re most likely to be ourselves and let the others be themselves. That is how we will, genuinely, create real social bonds that would go beyond personal interest, and therefore give rise to inspiring community initiatives and carry social change. That is why we feel the need to create and encourage those hubs, second home for new families of friendships and community growth, land of experiments and self development and of course, forever playgrounds.
Picture by Mohamed Ahsan