The pre-existing skatepark at Volkspark-Friedrichshain had become dated. The old spine mini ramp combo of wood and metal had long started to fail both, security standards as well as modern days skaters' needs. For the reconstruction design our aim was to pick up the old park's riding characteristics and transform them into a modern, multifaceted skatepark.
We wanted to make the lively place amidst the Volkspark accessible to a broader group of skaters beyond the spine-mini-crowd. Beginners and street skaters should also be part of the picture, and last but not least, the regular passers-by should find a more welcoming ambience. The rebuild design for Volkspark-Friedrichshain skatepark bases on an open bowl shape with different heights. Two hips and a waterfall lead into a small spine and mini ramp section. Gradually decreasing in height the section opens up to smaller hips, quarterpipes ledges and a flat rail.
Rather compact in base size, the Volkspark skatepark is trying to please everyone's tastes; tons of fun to be had for beginners and advanced skaters. Always key to us: Reconciling quality basic elements with flowing lines. The skatepark design process was led by an open, two-part participation workshops. The first initiative for the re-design was taken by 1. Berliner Skateboard Verein e.V.
+ Method: Transparent Planning Office
In order to make participation processes in public space more accessible and easier for all parties to understand, we have developed the format of the transparent planning office. Here public planners and citizens come together directly at a (working) table not only to discuss ideas, but also to test their professional feasibility and to promote an understanding of feasibility limits: "Take a look at the plan here, where should it go, the city forest in the pedestrian zone? We can draw it in together..."
Photos: Jan Kliewer
Client: City of Berlin
Place: Berlin, GER
Partner: 1. Berliner Skateboard Verein e.V.