Het is inmiddels bekend nieuws dat Kinetic North Foundation (KNF) onlangs het contract met SkatePark Amsterdam per 1 augustus 2012 heeft opgezegd. Slecht nieuws voor de skatescene van Nederland! Uiteraard lopen er verschillende acties om dit besluit ongedaan te maken. 5 juli 2012 geeft Emerica een Wild In The Streets om op deze manier support te geven aan SkatePark Amsterdam.
Uit het persbericht:
" The goal of Wild In The Streets Amsterdam will be to build community and raise awareness of skateboarding and the needs of skateboarders in The Netherlands. Generally speaking the aim of Wild In The Streets is to unite skateboarders through acentral cause. In this case skateboarders need to band together and show the city of Amsterdam and this foundation of development that skateboarders form a tight community that is willing to fight for what they love and believe in. Help save SkatePark Amsterdam and get wild in the streets. Let yourself be heard, let the park stay, lets develop together, as Skatepark Amsterdam only just got started!"
KNF has unilaterally terminated the contract for leasing property at the SkatePark Amsterdam NDSM area as of the 1st of August.
After almost 12 years they have decided to end the partnership between the KNF and SkatePark Amsterdam Foundation. SkatePark Amsterdam has been the co-initiator for starting the biggest art and culture breeding area of Europe at the NDSM wharf in Amsterdam.
The skate park is a city youth project, which is highly rated internationally. It wascreated by skaters for skaters. The park pays rent and does not get government funding.
Since December 2011 negotiations with KNF started with the aim to relocate the SkatePark Amsterdam, but without notice they surprised the park with the recent announcement that Kinetic North Foundation will put an immediate stop to the negotiation. They decided to terminate the current lease contract and in essence evict SkatePark Amsterdam from its home.
KNF has made it very clear that they want to re-develop the NDSM warehouse for possible office buildings. Things the city of Amsterdam has in abundance. They even made this decision without supporting or relocating Skatepark Amsterdam.
This action is thus destroying the community that not only uses this park locally in Amsterdam, but also destroying the community that has been created across the globe that has used and benefitted by SkatePark Amsterdam. SkatePark Amsterdam has been a destination for people of all ages, both sexes, families, communities, professionals, creatives and put Amsterdam on the map.
We need your help to band together and show the city of Amsterdam and this foundation ofdevelopment that skateboarding is a community that is willing to fight for what they love and believe in. We demand SkatePark Amsterdam to be saved!
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