Cape Town’s much-anticipated PLAYscapes Skatepark opened last month to much fanfare. Although the Mill St Skatepark is certainly not the first skating facility in the South African city, it may well be one of the most exciting! Built entirely under a city underpass, the repurposed public space has just won first place in an international design competition that sought inventive ways to re-design disused spaces in urban neighborhoods around the world.
The competition was sponsored by Building Trust International and organized in collaboration with other established architectural and design organizations. The skatepark was one of many innovative projects that took part in the international contest. Seeking to reinvent abandoned areas and dead space in cities around the world, the contest rewarded the Cape Town skatepark for converting the vacant underpass area into a vibrant public area that is fit for the entire community.
Attracting a large number of people of all ages and cultures, the skatepark inauguration was a huge success for not only local neighbors, but also for the city as well. David Cole, founding partner of Building Trust International said, “The project has the potential to become a flagship in regenerating other areas both in Cape Town and other cities. We hope this is the first of many skateparks in Cape Town!”