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Tour of cultural park given to mayors

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by Lannie Walker

Guam - A park opening soon pegged as "a place to see, touch, taste, smell and hear everything Chamorro" got a visit from island mayors and many others today. Lina'la, an interactive and immersive cultural park set on the shores of Gun Beach in Tumon, is the brain child of local developer Mark Baldyga and will include such attractions as a nature and history walk, animal encounters, Chamorro cultural demonstrations and proa canoe rides.

Elfrieda Koshiba, a representative of the Cultural Heritage and Community Outreach Committee of the Guam Visitors Bureau, says she was impressed by what she saw. "It's great," she noted, adding, "I think Guam has been in such need of something like this and to see that it is as authentic as mark presented really is heartwarming. I think the village component [if my favorite part] and how they plan to have villagers who only speak Chamorro and really demonstrate a day in the life of the people."

The park is located on 25 acres of beachfront property and will also include an open air bar and restaurant and a zip line thrill ride. According to project manager Ernie Galito, the park is set to open on June 27.

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