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Sydney Park Skate Space Designs Unveiled

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The City of Sydney has just closed its community consultation on concept plans for the extension of the play and activity area in the north of Sydney Park, expected to open in late 2018.

According to City of Sydney plans, the proposed skate space will upgrade the old section of the cycle centre into a multi-purpose area for scooters, skateboards and BMX bikes. The space will provide both street and bowl style skating opportunities. The plan includes:

  • spaces for skating and scootering
  • gathering spaces
  • improved access and circulation paths
  • lighting
  • more shade and tree planting.

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Source: City of SydneyThe park features plenty of recreational programs including play facilities, Sydney Park Cycling Centre, recreation lawns, the Alan Davidson Oval, a cafe, barbeque facilities and public toilets. It has extensive walking and recreational paths among its hilly landscape. The area proposed for the skate space is in the northern section of Sydney Park. This allows easy access from St Peters train station and existing car parks. It is close to the children’s bike track and Sydney Park Cycling Centre. With the new skate space, the area will cater for everyone from small children all the way up to adults, and beginners through to advanced bike riders and skaters.
Project Scope
The skate space will remodel the old section of the cycle centre and cater for street and bowl style wheeled action sports.From our analysis, there is demand for a range of skate spaces, from traditional skate park, bowls and transition spaces. The design shows the full range of opportunities and indicates those selected for implementation as part of this project. These works accommodate different skill levels for everyday use and include: - a traditional park skate area - a lineal plaza - a beginners bowl The flow bowl is not part of the current project or budget however we are including it in our thinking now to plan for the long term development of the park. This potential future project is located on the lower slopes behind the carpark. It would provide for more advanced skaters and for possible competitions.
Urban Skate Plaza (Below)

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Source: City of SydneyThis is a low-profile skate plaza with unique street elements, all connected to create continuous skate runs. It includes different skate textures and unique obstacles. More challenging skate elements will be in the central space of the plaza, allowing large competition events to take place. Traditional Park: This area provides for a combination of street and bowl in a park style layout. Suitable for all skill levels and disciplines, this area offers multiple trick opportunities in continual flowing lines. Lineal Plaza Run: An area for all skill levels, focusing on low level obstacles to allow for technical tricks of a street style. Beginners Bowl: A beginner style bowl allowing the ‘up and coming’ skaters to learn and develop their skills.
Flow Bowl (Below)

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Source: City of SydneyThe large flow bowl provides a transitional skate area. Its deepest part is 3 metres, with different extensions and depths providing a challenging skate environment for more advanced and intermediate skaters. Its position takes advantage of the grass slopes south of the main park circuit path, where spectators would be able to sit and view everyday activities and events. The flow bowl is not part of the current project or budget however we are including it in our thinking now to plan for the long term development of the park. This potential future project is located on the lower slopes behind the carpark. It would provide for more advanced skaters and for possible competitions.

Images and Project Information: City of Sydney 

Main image copyright: lzflzf / 123RF Stock Photo

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