Skate park Ivanec
Zdenka Šarolić, dipl.ing.arh, ovl.arh.
Anita Antolić, dipl.ing.arh, ovl.arh.
Marko Friščić, mag.ing.arh.
Janja Ivanec, dipl.ing.arh
Martina Gladović, mag.ing.aedif.
Mario Herak, struč.spec.ing.aedif., ovl.ing.građ.
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Skate park is the latest in a series of initiatives to incite sports activities among the citizens of Ivanec, particularly younger generations, by investing in new facilities that are not available in the wider area. Last couple of years saw a gradual rise in popularity of extreme sports and other related forms of sports and recreation among locals, courtesy of various civil society organisations. The only obstacle, that this project hopes to remove, is the lack of facilities close to the town centre.
Skate park actually consists of an array of different sports terrains intended for cycling, skateboarding, rollerblading and fitness in general. On a nearly 5000 sqm area, an organic, winding area fitted with prefabricated skate ramps unfolds from either side of a central diagonal pathway, making its way to service facilities such as a public toilet, bicycle parking and leisure areas. The surrounding grassy area hosts a pump track and dirt jump track as well as an outdoor fitness area with adjustable weight gym equipment. The whole area is located near a public school and kindergarten, right next to an alley that has spontaneously over time grown to be a makeshift recreational zone of Ivanec. Given that the above mentioned forms of sport are still in its infancy stages in Ivanec, this project has an ambitious and difficult role of motivating as many young people to start exercising and engage in sports. With a prominent position, a variety of content and a natural setting, there is no doubt that success is on its way.