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FISCHER PARK

BREAKING THE BARRIER BETWEEN SKATEBOARDING IN PUBLIC SPACES MICHAEL FLINT, WINTER 2013

THE SITE LOCATION

FISCHER PARK CORNER OF FISCHER-HALLMAN RD AND QUEEEN’S BLVD KITCHENER, ONTAIRO, CANADA

SITE INFORMATION & ANALYSIS +CENTRALIZED LOCATION TO WARDS 7 & 8 +CENTRAL TO THE COMMUNITIES OF FOREST HEIGHTS, FOREST HILL, HIGHAND WEST, VICTORIA HILL +PUBLIC TRANSIT SERVICES THE SITE FROM VARIOUS POINTS IN THE CITY +EXISTING FACILITIES: SOCCER, BASEBALL, TENNIS +SUROUNDING PARKS IN THE SYSTEM WILL BE ABLE TO OFFSET ANY CHANGES IN PROGRAMMING THAT MAY OCCUR +CURRENT CIRCULATION PATTERNS DEPICT DESIRE LINES FROM THE SCHOOL TO THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBOURHOODS AND THE ADJACENT MALL +VEGETATION IS SPARSE, BUT TREES ARE MATURE & SHOULD BE MINIMALLY IMPACTED

SURROUNDING CONTEXT

Low Rise Residential

High Rise Residential

Mixed Use Node

Major Institutional

Medium Rise Residential

Planned Commercial

Mixed Use Centre

Park/Open Space

BY THE NUMBERS SKATEBOARDING

11.08 3

rd

SKATEBOARDING IN KITCHENER

BILLION PARTICIPANTS WORLDWIDE

4.8

$

8500-15000

POTENTIAL SKATERS IN KITCHENER

BILLION INDUSTRY

LARGEST PARTICIPANT SPORT IN NORTH AMERICA (AGES 10-18)

PERCENTAGE OF YOUTH WITHIN 2.5KM RADIUS OF PARK

FISCHER PARK

5.3 2.9

WILSON PARK

KM TO AUD SKATEPARK

43

CURRENT LOCATIONS SKATERS USE

21.1%

SWO PARK 12.2%

KM TO McLENNAN PARK

BUS ROUTES TO THE SITE

BUS ROUTES WITHIN A BLOCK

GZOWSKI PARK

26.5%

FISCHER PARK

40.2%

WHY AREN’T PARK BEING USED? TOO SMALL

38.0%

TOO FAR

38.9%

FEATURES NOT LIKED 20.8% DON”T FEEL SAFE

2.80%

SIDEWALK

21.0%

STREET

25.6%

AUD SKATEPARK

13.8%

DOON SKATE PARK

11.0%

OUTSIDE KITCHENER

14.5%

OTHER

14.0%


FISCHER PARK

BREAKING THE BARRIER BETWEEN SKATEBOARDING IN PUBLIC SPACES MICHAEL FLINT, WINTER 2013

THE PROBLEM LIABILITY

THE SOLUTION AESHETHICS

SECLUSION & SAFETY

1. KITCHENER, ONTARIO LACKS ADEQUATE SKATEBOARD ORIENTED INFRASTRUCTURE TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE RISING SKATEBOARD DEMOGRAPHIC 2.SKATEBOARDERS ARE OFTEN PUSHED TO REMOTE AREAS AS A RESULT OF NEGATIVE STIGMAS ATTACHED TO THE SPORT AND THOSE THAT PARTICIPATE IN IT

+ MOST CITIES HAVE LAWS THAT RESTRICT OR PROHIBIT SKATEBOARDING IN PUBLIC AREAS NOT SPECIFICALLY DESIGNATED FOR IT

+ ‘SKATE STOPPERS’ ARE INSTALLED TO PREVENT SKATEBOARDERS FROM USING AREAS, BUT THEY CONTRIBUTE NEGATIVELY TO THE AESTHETICS OF A SPACE

+ DUE TO LOCAL LAWS AND PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS, SKATEBOARDERS ARE OFTEN PUSHED TO SUCLUDED AREAS OF THE CITY. THIS CAN LEAD TO FURTHER PROBLEMS SUCH AS VANDALISM & VIOLENCE AS ADEQUATE SUPERVISION DOES NOT OCCUR AND SKATERS TAKE NO OWNERSHIP OF THE PARK

SKATEBOARD PARKS SHOULD BE A CONTINUATION OF THE NATURALLY OCCURING URBAN FABRIC THAT ALLOWS SKATING IN A CONTROLLED, SAFE ENVIRONMENT MIXED-USE PUBLIC SPACES SHOULD BE DEVELOPED TO CREATE AESTHETICALLY INVITING PARKS THAT BECOME SOCIAL GATHERING SPACES FOR BOTH SKATERS AND NONSKATERS ALIKE

ACCEPTANCE

INVOLVEMENT

INTEGRATION

+ CITIES NEED TO CONTINUE TO REALIZE THAT SKATERS ARE AS MUCH OF A STAKEHOLDER IN THE URBAN SETTING AS ANY OTHER USER

+ WITHIN THE DESIGN PHASE, USER INVOLVEMENT CREATES A SENSE OF OWNERSHIP WITHIN THE SKATE COMMUNITY AND LESS PROBLEMS TEND TO ARISE

+SKATEBOARDERS USE THE FEATURES FOUND IN ARCHITECTURAL LANDSCAPES OF THE CITY AS THEIR OBSTACLES TO PERFORM TRICKS. BY DEVELOPING A MIXED-USE PUBLIC SPACE THAT INTEGRATES SKATEABLE SCULPTURES COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND SKATERS ALIKE ARE DRAWN TO THE SITES

PRECEDENTS

THE FORKS

MARKET SQUARE & KING STREET

STREET LEAGUE CONTEST SERIES

DAYBREAK SCULPTURE PARK

+ THE SKATEPLAZA IS INCORPORATED INTO THE DESIGN OF THE PARK AS A WHOLE, AND INTO THE URBAN FABRIC OF THE CITY CREATING A PUBLICALLY ENJOYABLE SPACE

+ MARKET SQUARE, GUELPH IS A LIVELY SPACE IN ALL SEASONS WITH THE INCLUSION OF A MULTIPURPOSE SPLASH-PAD/ICE RINK +KING STREET, KITCHENER CONTAINS MANY COMPONENTS THAT WOULD BE CONSIDERED GOOD ELEMENTS BY SKATEBOARDERS

+ THE FEATURES THAT WERE CONSTRUCTED FOR THE CONTEST SERIES UTILIZE NEW CONCRETE TECHNIQUES THAT ALLOW FOR LESS MATERIAL TO BE USED, WHICH CUTS DOWN ON COSTS, WHILE ADDING TO THE AESTHETICS OF THE PARKS FEATURES

+ THIS PARK INTEGRATES SKATEABLE ART FEATURES ALONG THE WINDING PATH OF THE RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY. THE FEATURES PROVIDE EYE-CATCHING AESTHETICS WHILE FUNCTIONING AS SKATE OBSTACLES

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA

GUELPH & KITCHENER, ONTARIO, CANADA

VARIOUS STATES, USA

SOUTH JORDAN, UTAH, USA


FISCHER PARK

BREAKING THE BARRIER BETWEEN SKATEBOARDING IN PUBLIC SPACES MICHAEL FLINT, WINTER 2013

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FISCHER PARK

BREAKING THE BARRIER BETWEEN SKATEBOARDING IN PUBLIC SPACES MICHAEL FLINT, WINTER 2013

FEATURES CONCEPT GOAL

OBJECTIVES

IT IS THROUGH THIS DESIGN THAT I PROPOSE INTEGRATING SKATEABLE FEATURES INTO A PUBLIC SETTING. THIS WILL ALLOW USERS OF THE PARK TO INTERACT WITH SKATEBOARDERS AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MISUNDERSTOOD CULTURE

+DEVELOP A SIMPLE YET DYNAMIC MIXED-USE PUBLIC SPACE THAT ENCOURAGES INTERACTION AND IMAGINATIVE EXPERIENCES +INTEGRATE NEW VEGETATION INTO EXISTING FABRIC +CREATE AN AESTHETICALLY PLEASING SPACE +PROVIDE PEDESTRIAN CONNECTIONS TO SURROUDNING COMMUNITY AND ADJACENT SCHOOL +SEAMLESSLY INEGRATE SKATEABLE FEATURES +SATISFY ALL SKILL LEVELS +CREATE A SAFE, WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL

IT IS MY HOPE THAT THIS PARK WOULD BECOME A PRECEDENT FOR OTHERS TO FOLLOW SO THAT THE NEGATIVE STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH SKATEBOARDING CAN BE REDUCED

PROVIDING SPACES FOR NON-SKATERS, THE CENTRAL PLAZA OFFERS A PLACE FOR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS TO GATHER. THE SUMMER SPLASH PAD OFFERS A PLACE TO COOL DOWN AND RELAX WITH THE SOUND OF MOVING WATER

IN THE WINTER MONTHS THE SPLASH PAD TRANSFORMS INTO A BEAUTIFUL SKATING PAD. THE CENTRAL BUILDING OFFERS A PLACE TO WARM UP, AS WELL AS STORAGE FOR SHOES, BAGS, AND MAINTENANCE EQUIPMENT FOR THE ICE PAD AND PARK

SKATEABLE ELEMENTS

OPEN SPACE

SKATE-DOT AREA

OPEN SPACE

SECTION A-A’

1:1000m

ALONG THE WINDING PATH SKATEABLE ART SCULPTURES OFFER A PLACE FOR SKATEBOARDERS TO STOP AND EMBRACE THE TRANSIENT NATURE OF THE SPORT. THE SEAMLESS INTEGRATION ALLOWS SKATERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO PUSH THROUGH THE PARK TO DIFFERENT OBSTACLES AT THEIR LEISURE

SKATEBOARDERS CRAVE FEATURES THAT ALLOW THEM TO TEST THEIR ABILITIES IN CREATIVE WAYS. THE SKATEABLE ART SCULPTURES MIMIC CERTAIN ASPECTS OF THE URBAN LANDSCAPE WHILE OFFERING SOMETHING THAT PUSHES SKATERS TO THINK CREATVILY

THESE FEATURES ADD TO THE AESTHETICS OF THE SITE, DRAWING IN THE GENERAL PUBLIC ALONG THE WINDING PATH SYSTEM

THE WIDE PATHS ALLOW USERS TO MANEUVER THROUGHOUT THE PARK, STOPPING TO WATCH OR PASSING BY THE FEATURES WITHOUT INTERFERING, OR BEING IN ANY DANGER FROM ANY COLLISIONS

OPEN SPACE

PATH

SKATE-DOT AREA

PATH

SECTION B-B’

OPEN SPACE

1:1000m


FISCHER PARK

BREAKING THE BARRIER BETWEEN SKATEBOARDING IN PUBLIC SPACES MICHAEL FLINT, WINTER 2013

SKATEPARK

2

1 HANDICAP RAILS

1

BANK TO LEDGE

2

9 3 8

3

9 THE ‘BIG’ SECTION

PIER 7 PAD AND RAILS

5 7

4

8 DOWN-FLAT-DOWN LEDGE

7

MANNY PAD & LEDGES

6

6 PYRAMID COMBO

4 MANNY PAD RAIL COMBO

5 CHINA BANKS REPLICA

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