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Damascus Skate Park
Skate parks by maier landschaftsarchitektur always aspire to appeal to the widest possible audience. From a sports functional point of view, this means that such a park needs to appeal not only to advanced skaters, but also to beginners and those not so experienced. In Damascus this is even truer than elsewhere, because this sport is not very common here yet. For that reason the social and communal importance of the facility is certainly even greater than it would be, for example, in Germany.
In addition to mini-ramp and street sections, a playing area comprises part of the complex. It provides a large equipped playground, sanded areas, communal spaces and a public toilet. Finally, the entire square was replanted. As a result there is something for every age group.
Some elements have been further refined with mosaic. This in turn creates a reference to Syria, especially Damascus and therefore even more potential to identify with it. The property is open to all sides and – even more importantly – accessible to everyone. Skateparks are for everyone!
Kids, be kids
Since its opening the skate park has been used by many schoolchildren every day and is an integral part of the neighbourhood. Children from the SOS Children’s Village, which lies a few kilometres away, are regularly driven to the Damascus Skate Park. There they get skating lessons from experienced skaters.
The wonderful thing about this arrangement is the interaction of effective humanitarian initiative and design skills. This results in not only enormously important humanitarian projects, but also high quality sports and leisure facilities.
The Damascus Skate Park gives hope to people and conjures a smile on their faces. There really could not be any better reason for building a sports and leisure complex.
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