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WATCH: Cape Town Skatepark under a bridge opens




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Cape Town Gardens Skatepark, announced in October last year as the winner of the   international design competition in the professional category has opened . The competition asked people to “submit a plan or proposal to turn a neglected forgotten part of your city into a playscape,”. Set up by Building Trust International, the competition called for “professional and student architects and designers from cities around the world to propose ideas which encouraged public interaction and turned redundant city spaces into fun creative places.”

Background

In April this year, the international PLAYscapes competition sought to find which world city is the most fun – London, New York City, Buenos Aires, Bangkok, Moscow, or Cape Town. To answer the question, they asked professional and student architects as well as designers from cities around the world to propose ideas which encouraged public interaction and turned redundant city spaces into fun creative places or transformed a neglected forgotten part of the city into a fun ‘playscape’. The competition aimed to encourage and reward design excellence at a small scale which integrates function, structure, details and the needs of those living in urban areas. Over 500 registered entrants took part and the jury panel included representatives from Building Trust International, Project for Public Spaces, BMW Guggenheim Lab, Landscape Architects Network, 3Space, Neon Stash, Land8 as well as academics and professionals from the fields of architecture and landscape design.

The City of Cape Town proudly submitted the Gardens Skate Park design to the competition in order to show how creatively we can transform negative space in our city into a fun place with opportunities for interaction and play.

The City of Cape Town team comprised of Gerrit Strydom, Lwandile Gcume and Aline Cremon, along with Errol van Amsterdam and Marvin Fester from C2C Consulting Engineers, and Clive Crofton from Spyda Ramps.

 

 

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Rashiq Fataar

Founder and MD at Future Cape Town

Rashiq Fataar is the founder, Editor in Chief and Managing Director of Future Cape Town.




  • Marc-Andre Daniels

    Nice, clean place for the homeless (‘Bergies’, hobos) to lay down for the night (for the entire winter!) — and mess up with their fires! How about a WDC 2014 project aimed at their needs…..?

    • Jalistenoke

      because reasons.. mxm.. keeping the youth off the street and brightening their potential as the future of this country is something worth funding. Schizo/addict/complaining skidmarks on society have soup kitchens. and church. yuss.

  • John

    wow. nice article if it was true. I go past everyday and have for weeks. this place is not open. They have security who dont let you in and is now fenced up…

    • This has officially been opened to the public today. I guess the fences are there to keep vagrants out at night from making fires, etc.

  • Building Trust

    Many thanks from all of us at Building Trust. We are thrilled to see the winning PLAYscape in action and hope the project will create an opportunity for interaction and play for citizens of all ages. The winning project from the City of Cape Town team transforms a neglected part of the city into an interactive landscape which will encourage public engagement and community involvement. We cannot wait to see more fantastic photos of the Mill St Skatepark in use! Thanks again.

  • Naydia Johnson

    Where about in Town is it?