Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne has generously funded and opened to the public a new skate park in New Orleans’ still-recovering Lower 9th Ward.
The 30-year-old, who is a native to the area, told The Associated Press he started skating about a year and a half ago when he saw and was impressed by the skating skills of a 9-year-old boy and thought it looked interesting.
“I thought it would be just a hobby, and I thought only people with skills can do it,” he said. “When you finally get into it and you learn to like it, you’ll quickly learn to love it. It’s more than just four wheels and a piece of wood.”
In an example of green forces coming together, Tim Duggan, a landscape architect with the Brad Pitt’s Make It Right foundation, had a big hand in making the project eco-friendly.
Not only is the park powered by the “first tracking solar array on the Gulf Coast,” but it was also created using 100% recycled concrete, VOC-free paint, and designed to allow lots of natural light to filter down through the warehouse.
“I just want to help out my city, help out the people and the kids, give them something to do, something they haven’t done before,” he said. “It’s always good to learn something new.”