Vancouver Skate Plaza

Vancvouver, BC

Built in 2004 as a temporary youth facility for the Vancouver Parks Board, the Vancouver Skate Plaza successfully uses an underutilized scrap of industrial land under the Georgia Street viaduct and transforms it into an internationally recognized street-style skateboarding plaza. The design was developed in close partnership with the Vancouver Skate Coalition, the Vancouver Police Service, and surrounding community members through a series of interactive workshops and a custom online forum set up for ongoing stakeholder feedback. Key emphasis was placed on creating true ‘urban form’, maximizing available budget through creative use of existing site infrastructure and value engineering, identifying appropriate skateable and non skateable access routes both to and around the site, and the implementation of sound CPTED principals. Since its completion, the park has served as the basis for case studies across North America for the development of successful youths parks in areas undergoing urban renewal. In 2005, the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects acknowledged the project’s success in the community with a Regional Honour Award.

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