Virgil Abloh Is Building Ghana's Capital's First Fully-Functional Skate Park


| LAST UPDATE 07/01/2021

By Mahlik Campbell
Virgil Abloh
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To help cultivate the skate scene in the West African country of Ghana, Virgil Abloh and the Black-owned, Amsterdam-based fashion house Daily Paper are constructing a fully-equipped skate park.

Dubbed the Freedom Skate Park, it's the first of its kind in the Ghanian capital of Accra. Skateboarding has become a popular passion among kids in Ghana over the past decade, as relayed by Vogue a few years ago.

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"With this initiative, we hope to evolve the skate culture in Ghana to the next level and give locals a platform to grow their talents within a space that will hopefully become their biggest training ground to date," said Jefferson Osei, the co-founder of Daily Paper, in a statement.

"More than board sports, the park will be a creative hub for young Ghanaians to come together, exchange ideas, inspire each other, and build their futures through recreational activities. They now have a place where they can be themselves, freely develop their skills together with likeminded people, and reach their true potential. Hence the name, Freedom Skate Park."

Rail by rail: An exclusive joint T-shirt from Daily Paper and Abloh's Off-White, along with a collection of pieces between the former and Surf Ghana, will funnel 100% of sales toward the park. Both offerings are dropping online on Jan. 15 following a pop-up in Accra later this month. 

Abloh's Alaska Alaska design studio crafted the futuristic-looking Freedom Skate Park block logo as well. View it here.