So there’s a rumour that there could be a park built in my part of Dublin and I’m looking for some references of some banging new skateparks that have been built in recent years - low impact, mellow stuff, like Cardiff Barrage plaza, Micropolis in Helsinki, Vogelfreiheit in Berlin, the larger flat area in Fjaelledparken in Copenhagen, Walthamstow - places like that.
The local council has a track record of going with modular concrete, which is something I’m looking to avoid as one park in particular, Monkstown, looks like was designed by a clueless civil servant picking parts out of a catalogue in 1993. A more recent park, Ballyogan, had its budget slashed to 25% of its original amount to something like €40,000 and it ended up with 2 blocks, a bank, a quarter, a flatbar, a manny pad and a lot of flat. Could be better, but it’s surprisingly good because of the minimalism, perhaps a bit like Mile End.
Soooo, criteria are -
- Bang for the buck, obviously - budget is minimal (under €100k and Dublin is painfully expensive) so nothing really over 4-5ft /120-150cm in height - stuff like the bowl in Bath is out, as are most bowls to be honest.
- Low impact - no flights of stairs. though a small 3 up 3 down could be entertaining.
- Space primarily for pushing - it’s mainly about blocks, manny pads, banks and hips
- Inventive obstacles - curb to quarter with a dished curb(s) in the middle, quarter down the back of an A-frame/attic ledge, Toblerones, that sort of thing.
- Great flow - kind of obvious, but yeah, it’s important. I like the look of Kalundborg park in Denmark and the reviewer mentioned the build has most obstacles around the outside.
Basically, trying to hit the holy trinity of good to skate, modest budget and creative design.