lil wayne opens skate park
by Michael dEstries
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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.”

via Greater New Orleans

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • don miguelo

    As a skateboarder I have to say this is what it’s all about. Giving this ‘1st of it’s kind’ public park to the Lower 9th Ward (something to be proud of), is getting major points in my book. AND he skates now?! I’m impressed! Laissez les bons temps rouler!!

  • Kevin Reed

    this seems like a pretty cool ting to do. not your comment, his effort