NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lil Wayne is returning to New Orleans, his hometown, for the opening of the Trukstop skate park in the Lower 9th Ward — one of the most devastated sections of the city after levees failed during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The Grammy-winning rapper, who recently launched a skateboarding-inspired clothing line called Trukfit, is scheduled to open the park Wednesday with his corporate partners, Mountain Dew and Glu Agency, a boutique advertising firm.
The park will be a gathering place where residents have been slow to return since Katrina hit seven years ago. Flooding pushed homes off their foundations, and many blocks remain vacant and overgrown by weeds.
Trukstop occupies a pre-Katrina building that survived the flooding. It was constructed using recycled materials and will be run using solar energy.