Back in April, 24 municipalities applied for more than HUF 577 million in funding to create 26 courses. Now, in this first phase of the National Skate Park Program, next summer skateboarding enthusiasts will have access to skate parks in Óbuda, Kőbánya, Rákosmente, Budafok-Tétény, Baja, Debrecen, Győr, Hajdúböszörmény, Komló, and Szeged.
Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler stated this week that the government will be providing half of the funding needed (up to HUF 30 million) to each municipality for the construction of the courses. For their part, however, the local governments must commit to funding the other half and must also keep the park open for five years and provide free entry.
The minister noted that this is part of the government’s initiative to help people keep a proper body/soul balance and make sure that everyone has the opportunity to exercise from kindergarten on up, throughout their entire lives. Kásler said that the government is dedicated to programs for both competitive and leisure sports and believes that both can help Hungarians maintain healthy lifestyles and prevent obesity, cancer, and heart disease.
Máriusz Révész, government commissioner for an active Hungary, announced that his cabinet aims to add more running tracks and skate parks every year to help promote a healthy lifestyle.
He also emphasized that, if you are looking to engage young people today, you need to provide something entertaining that can compete with smartphone games.
To ensure that skate parks are well built and skateboarder-approved, the government has worked with the skateboarders’ association. Skateboarding is now an Olympic sport, so it was also an important goal to make sure that all parks could be used for proper Olympic training and competitions.
In this first phase of the National Skate Park Program, only municipalities with more than 20,000 inhabitants could apply. The courses for the 10 winners, worth a total of HUF 508 million, will be completed by the end of June, 2020.