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Construction of a skateboarding park is planned this summer in Kwethluk, which will then be the only village in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to have one.

KYUK reports construction materials are being gathered at a Seattle barge company. The shipment is expected to arrive in July to the Yup'ik Eskimo village of about 780.

The nearby hub town of Bethel has a skate park, but surrounding villages in the region do not.

The funding for the skate park in Kwethluk 12 miles to the east comes from a grant provided by Indian Health Services for a diabetes prevention program run by the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corp.

The village, in cooperation with the corporation, hired a company called Native Skateparks for the construction, which is expected to take about 20 days.