The dreams of many children have come true at Læssøesgade School in Aarhus where they have transformed the school to a skater and parcour park. The facility is open and accessible for everyone in the local community. This is an example to inspire other schools in large, urban areas where efforts are being made to open the schoolyard to the local community.
The centrally located school is in the centre of the city of Aarhus where there is a shortage of space for activities and community in the urban setting. This problem is solved by this new facility.
The facility covers a total of 3.000 m² divided between various zones that flow together and form an overall active outdoor space. In front of the youth club there are lounge areas that have been established to be “skateable” as well. At an all-new entrance to the school, an actual skatebowl towards Læssøesgade has been established.
Despite the lack of room for any exertions, a user group has been established but many more want to take part and have therefore been part of a thorough inclusion of users in the development phase of the project. There has been an innovation day at the school where all the pupils work on input for the new facility and there have been workshops with both skaters and scooters.
Street culture is also about activities where there is less risk of hurting yourself on asphalt and concrete. The dancers in the local youth centre can also use these facilities in the new “street schoolyard”.
By the school building, there is a plateau for dancing and other team activities. There are also more calm areas by the former “janitor’s garden” where you can play and teach outdoors.