Posted by:on May 21st, 2007
To make up for our overall snotty temperament, we sometimes
are sentenced like to do a little bit of public service. In that spirit we bring you this story about Nathan Curry, an American working in Nicaragua who is building a skatepark there in his spare time. I first found out about Nathan’s project in the Bowling Green Daily News. After tracking him down, he agreed to answer a few questions and send in some progress reports. Be the first person to correctly identify the reference in the title of this post and win…
…absolutely nothing, but an honorary Punk Rock warm fuzzy. That’s right, we’ve got field offices in Columbia and Nicaragua. I need to clarify that the pic in the top right is not directly related to the skatepark site, It’s just a picture that Nathan took in Nicaragua.The rest of the photos in this post, except where noted, are also by Nathan Curry.
Nica Sk8 Project
It warms our hearts to hear abut and see a basketball court being torn up to provide some tranny for skateboarding.
Q: What are you up to?
Basically, I came to Nica as an engineering volunteer working on solar energy. But, I sk8 and immediately sought out spots to sk8 and people to sk8 with. I found out that there is only one spot in all of Nica that is solely for sk8ers and it’s a modified basketball court with only a few small obstacles (a manual pad and 3-sided pyramid that are concrete, a handrail coming down from a higher sidewalk, and some metal grind rails). There is absolutely no transition in Nica. I am a concrete bowl fanatic so I felt so bad that these guys don’t even have a quarter-pipe or jump ramp. A friend of mine from Indiana works for CA Skateparks sometimes and is really knowledgeable about concrete bowl making, AND it turns out his step dad is Nicaraguan. So, he – Solomon – has spent a lot of time down here and as a vested interest in helping out. We spent a few weeks emailing and discussing before he came down. He arrived Wed (2 days ago) and we started working the very next morning. We collected donations from some friends back home and have started. We have enough now for this bank/euro and the quarter-pipe but we hope to come up with enough money for a couple extra tidbits to make the area flow a little better. That’s the nutshell.
Q: Do you have a web site or paypal donation link?
I wish we had a PayPal. I have a personal one but nothing “official.” I have created a non-profit group for promoting skateboarding related projects but we are still in the process of filing the paperwork. So, I can’t offer tax credit or anything yet. I will, however, keep very detailed records and make them available on the web when we can.
Donations for the Nicaragua skate park may be sent to Curry’s mother, Rebecca Saalwaechter, at 1819 Smallhouse Road, Bowling Green, KY, 42104. If more than $400 is raised, Curry said he would use the extra money for additional improvements to the project.
Sk8 Nica progress quick vids
These are short clips that look like they are unedited uploads from a still camera with video capability.
Follow the progress on your own
More Nicaraguan skate action
Skatenica.com is a fledgling web site that appears to be off to a good start. It looks there are already a couple of noteworthy spots in Nicaragua. Photo credits, left Nelson GutiÃ©rrez, right Junio Zamora by Dax Castellon
I think this counts as a feature.
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