Frintrop Sports and Citizens’ Park

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Frintrop Sports and Citizens’ Park  is a meeting place for all generations, abilities and interests. 

The Frintrop Sports and Citizens’ Park promotes integration and creates space for socialising and participation.

The Frintrop Sport and Citizens’ Park opened in Essen in October 2022. This forward-looking project is the result of the transformation of a football ground into a versatile sports and leisure facility of social and societal importance.

The facility includes an outdoor hall with an artificial grass playing field, a basketball court with a plastic surface, play, climbing and trend sports areas as well as open spaces for events and celebrations of all kinds.

With its facilities, the Frintrop Sports and Citizens’ Park promotes integration and creates space for people to come together and participate.

When this former football ground was converted into a multifunctional sports and leisure facility, high immission control requirements had to be taken into account.

The McArena outdoor hall is certainly the most versatile offer in the Frintrop Sports and Citizens’ Park.

The park is run by the resident SC Frintrop 05/21, which was based on two clay sports grounds here three years ago. With the conversion of the first large sports ground into an artificial turf pitch in the summer of 2020, the football future of the committed club was ensured with the motto “Inclusion. Integration. Cooperation. Future.”

The Frintrop Sports and Citizens’ Park has now been built on the area of the second large sports ground – with barrier-free movement possibilities, adventure paths, lying areas, benches and various sports facilities.

The McArena outdoor hall is certainly the most versatile offer in the Frintrop Sports and Citizens’ Park. Thanks to its canopy, the hall can be used all year round, and in the best conditions: in winter there is no snow on the playing field, in summer the athletes are in the shade, and on rainy days in the dry.

The technical equipment of the open-air hall is remarkable: digital scoreboard with time and goal counter, audio system controllable via Bluetooth and LED floodlight system.

The outdoor hall has an artificial turf surface, which is also suitable for wheelchair users. The revolving boards, the ball catching nets and the roof make the game fast and provide speed, community and a sense of achievement.

This is also ensured by the versatile technical equipment, which includes a permanently installed device measuring the speed of the shots on goal.

An individually controllable digital scoreboard and an audio system can be controlled via Bluetooth from any mobile phone for any form of acoustic accompaniment – from an announcement that a car is incorrectly parked to the beat for the Zumba course.

The floodlight system consists of energy-saving LED lights under the hall roof. This means that the hall can even be used in the dark.

Of course, the footballers of SC Frintrop are happy about the new hall. However, its versatility also makes it suitable for many other activities.

Another special feature of the hall is its adaptability to the requirements of sound insulation. In Essen, two walls were closed for this reason. For people with visual impairments, this design method can even be a benefit, because the sound feedback improves their orientation.

Of course, the footballers of SC Frintrop are also happy about the new hall. However, its versatility also makes it suitable for many other activities – open sports and exercise offers, senior sports and gymnastics, girls’ dance lessons, taiji and qigong have been taking place since before the opening.

There will be groups and supervised training offers for practically all devices and playing fields, which will promote the success of the project.

Another highlight is the basketball arena. It’s not only accessible to wheelchair users, but it’s also suitable for them thanks to the non-slip plastic covering.

In this area of the Frintrop Sports and Citizens’ Park , immission control also played a major role, because the basketball arena is also located on a property boundary. Here, too, the planners from Seeger Landschaftsarchitektur have made a virtue out of necessity: the required soundproofing walls, which are more than five metres high, were designed as gabions and are being expanded into a generous climbing wall.

The boules court will certainly attract many older people. In addition, there is a calisthenics complex, a trampoline field, wave running and parcours. The swing area has a net swing and equipment suitable for wheelchair users, which promotes the interaction of children with and without restrictions.

A beach volleyball court and a function building are still under construction. Both will be completed this year.

There will be groups and supervised training offers for practically all devices and playing fields, which will promote the success of the project.

Frintrop Sports and Citizens’ Park  is a meeting place for all generations, abilities and interests. 

So the Frintrop Sports and Citizens’ Park  is a meeting place for all generations, abilities and interests. Thanks to the enormous commitment of the association in the field of inclusion and the integration of refugees, an entire district and its social and societal development can benefit here.

This is probably one of the main reasons why the Ruhr Conference (which is an initiative of the NRW state government to strengthen the Ruhr area) is putting €1,500,000 into the “Frintrop Sports and Citizens’ Park” project. The total cost is €2,000,000.

The park is open every day from 9 am to 9 pm and is freely accessible. Let’s go there!

Project data

Design

Seeger Landschaftsarchitektur
Cyriakusstr. 31 a
D – 41468 Neuss

Open-air hall

McArena GmbH
Karl-Ferdinand-Braun-Straße 3
D – 71522 Backnang

Operator

SC Frintrop 05/21 e.V.
Schemmannsfeld 29
D – 45359 Essen

Physical address

Sport- und Bürgerpark Frintrop
Schemmannsfeld 29
D – 45359 Essen

Opening

2022

Author

Johannes Bühlbecker
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