After a Summer of tough weather in the region, Brandon MB's Kristopher Campbell Skate Plaza is now open and turning heads across the country!
Located in the heart of Downtown Brandon, the Plaza consists of a carefully detailed 20,000 sqft skateable landscape built directly over the original foundation of the City’s historic King Edward Hotel. Alongside a myriad of compelling ‘real street’ inspired features, columns along the plaza perimeter mirror those of the original building while major areas contained within the park take on the names of key rooms once housed inside the hotel. Plaza architecture continues to tell the site’s story’ by way of overhead trellis/shade structures detailed with a ‘railway’ theme.
Now open and busy with youth and spectators from all walks of life, the completion of the project serves as a fitting tribute to Kristopher and a compelling model for urban renewal based on an understanding of where a city has come from and how the challenges of the past may be turned into opportunities for the future.
Design of the project was undertaken by New Line Skateparks in conjunction in partnership with van der Zalm + associates and Scatliff + Miller + Murray. Our team would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to make this landmark project a reality.
The park is fully skateable now but check back for grand opening celebration information, slated for Spring 2011. Ride it while the weather holds!
Thanks to Cam Nikkel for the great photos from the park's "unofficial opening" this past weekend.