It was easy to see some of the benefits of the skate park. Reinhard’s biggest task, however, was bringing two communities, Yadavs and Adivasis, together. A lot of India still faces caste-based discrimination. Before the park, Yadav kids would avoid interacting with tribal Adivasi kids. With an equalizing space like the skate park, kids from both groups can now lose such apprehensions while doing flips.
The children have embraced it. In the initial days, they learned techniques from the professionals involved in building the skate park. Now there are no coaches or trainers, so the children learn skateboarding on their own. They watch YouTube videos to help them learn new tricks, or just make up their own way of riding a skateboard, more concerned with having fun then nailing a trick.
“We opened Janwaar Castle in April 2015 and what has happened since then is simply incredible. The children really embraced the park, they took over ownership and responsibility, and it very quickly became their place to be,” says Reinhard.