Locating and integrating skate spaces
In many parts of the City, public space is in demand and must provide for multiple shared uses. Spaces that cater to skating can also cater to other recreational pursuits such as BMX, scooter riding, inline skating or other active uses like free running or breakdancing. In some countries skate facilities provide other functions such as stormwater management, and increasing tree cover and biodiversity. Spaces for skating have also been linked with other services such as dedicated transport lanes, performance and event spaces, community services and food venues.
Rue Leon Cladel, Melun, Paris
This example from Paris provides for skate use in an underutilised street in the central city. It is integrated in a dense urban and pedestrianised environment and adjacent to a bus stop. The design of the space still allows for pedestrian, emergency vehicles and service vehicle accessibility.
Rabalder Parken, Roskilde, Denmark
Rabalder Parken is a skate park in Roskilde, Denmark. The 40,000 m2 park is integrated with a water management system which can transport and hold up to 23,000 cubic metres of water.
Ed Benedict Skate Plaza, Portland, Oregon, USA
Ed Benedict Skate Plaza in Portland was designed collaboratively with local skaters and artists. Besides providing skate-able spaces, the final design enhanced biodiversity and storm water management in the area.