Scene and not Heard - Buga, Colombia
New 'crete, and new clay.
22 Feb 2016
Words and photos by Rob Dolecki
Early in 2015, after hosting a public trails spot in a rundown near-abandoned city park for a few years (with the infamous thorough-the-tree last set), the city of Buga, Colombia, located about 45 minutes from Cali, decided to renovate the entire park, which meant relocating the trails to a different area. The Colombian trails BMX ambassador turned coffee farmer, Alejandro Caro, who was responsible for getting the original trails established, took the opportunity to construct his first concrete park, and a trails line around the perimeter in the new location. In celebration of Skatepark Ciudad Paradiso’s completion, Alejandro worked with the city officials to throw a grand-opening jam last month, and cordially invited Ohio transition roaster Nick Bruce and me to spend a week at his new house overlooking the city and adjoining valley, chill and attend the jam.
This was my third time visiting Colombia, and hopefully not my last. Despite the drug-related crime and violence that has plagued the urban areas over the years, Colombia really is a beautiful place. And thanks in part to Alejandro’s incessant drive to create places like Skatepark Ciudad Paradiso for the riders, the riding scene in the Buga area is solid, and continues to grow, both in numbers and talent. The BMX spirit here is as pure as it gets.
Here’s a glimpse into the new park and trails section in Buga, and the current scene of park and trails shredders located throughout the country, via photos compiled during my week’s stay.
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