The Gardens Skate Park, next to the MyCiTi Gardens station, is the first in the CBD and has transformed a vacant eyesore under the Jutland Avenue Bridge into an exciting recreational space.
An official World Design Capital 2014 project, the City’s design of the park won the Building Trust International PLAYscapes design competition last year. The project showcases excellent design-led thinking in the World Design Capital.
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron, welcomed the opening of the Gardens skate park.
”Its location next to our MyCiTi station will help make the area a more visually attractive public space, which has been our intention with the design of all our MyCiTi stations. In the short time since the park opened, we have already seen a large number of excited skateboarders use our convenient MyCiTi network to reach the skate park and practice their skills in the area made available for them.”
“The award recognised the clever re-use of space and the transformation of a vacant underpass into a vibrant recreational space. We expect that this skate park will bring a unique flavour to the central city and will be a place where many young people can devote time to their passion for skateboarding,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Special Projects, Alderman Belinda Walker.
The City’s Spatial Planning and Urban Design Department designed, funded and constructed this unique urban project and the park will be managed by the City’s Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department which resides within the Community Services Directorate.
The park is predominantly concrete and is fenced off from the surrounding roads and equipped with lights. It caters for both beginner and professional users, and provides for spectator areas on the sides.
The flow of the skate park allowed for the natural ground level and utilises the existing retaining wall to create a natural flow from two high points with a pipe jam, manual pads, air wedges and other obstacles in the free-flowing area.
“The location proved suitable for an activity such as skateboarding and we hope that this project will set the precedent for the use of many of the vacant spaces below the city’s bridges and off-ramps.
This skate park is testament to our emphasis on creating quality open spaces for members of the public.
This project has involved many stakeholders and it shows that progress is possible when we work together,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Economic, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councilor Johan van der Merwe.
This skate park illustrates how innovative thinking and design-centred development can transform vacant and sometimes problematic spaces for the benefit of a wider community, while at the same time promoting inclusivity by emphasising minority sports like skateboarding, rollerblading and BMX-bicycling.