Members of the House of Representatives minority bloc and their staff finally completed the repainting of the Garapan Skate Park last March 26.
According to Rep. Angel Demapan (R-Saipan), who is the minority bloc spokesman, the idea of revamping the skatepark came from a member of the skating community, who approached the lawmakers with a request make some improvements to the skatepark.
The results of that request can be seen on the newly-painted marine-themed images that now decorate the park, which is located behind the Garapan Roundhouse.
Rep. Joel Castro Camacho (R-Saipan), who played a big part in the artistry and design of the park, said, “This was a lot of fun, I’m always excited to get the opportunity to paint on bigger walls, and it’s especially fun when you get to work on these types of projects with your colleagues. Before we got started, the condition of the park was really bad. There was so much algae and graffiti with a lot of profanity, which must have made parents uncomfortable to have their kids utilize the park and be exposed to those things. I would like to keep this movement continuing. There’s so much potential for more art to be made throughout the entire CNMI, in hopes that when our tourist market comes back, they have these beautiful sites that will attract them.”
Much of the paints used for this project were donated by the private sector, which also helped with the water-blasting and some minor repairs.