International volunteers help create a 1,670 square yard skateboard park in La Paz, making it among the largest in the region. Tara Cleary reports.
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Skateboarders in La Paz are rolling up in the thousands … to the city's newest skateboard park, which not only has a dramatic view of the Andes Mountains, but is also the first in Bolivia to meet international standards for first-class skateboarding.
The park was built in 30 days with the help of more than 100 volunteers from 17 countries.
But the arena's location is not the most secure of areas, says park director, Jannette Ferrufino.
SOUNDBITE: Jannette Ferrufino, park director for the municipality of La Paz, saying (Spanish):
"This was an open park where there were vagrants and troublemakers. Crimes and assaults occurred here. The space generated risk rather than acting as a service to the community."
So, the park was closed and the rink was built in a smaller space.
And it's not only skateboarding that benefits - the arena creates a healthy intersection between social classes and attracts experts and novices.
SOUNDBITE: Hector Cruz, "El Barto", saying (Spanish):
"This skateboard park has given us the chance to learn. I've been skating for four months and I'm improving a lot."
SOUNDBITE: Alvaro de la Barra, "Fashion", saying (Spanish):
"Even the pros come and sometimes they teach me."
And the skateboarding park has been such a great success, that Ferrufino says the municipality is considering expanding it, creating even more terrain for skateboard enthusiasts.
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