Santa Lucia, Vitoria – Daniel Yabar
This amazing skatepark in the city of Vitoria (off topic note: home of Javier Sarmiento) is another example of Daniel Yabar’s great work. On 1400m2 Yabar has down a remarkable job transforming everyday cityscape objects into skatepark obstacles like the zebra crossing bump and the bent, fold-up floor quarterpipe. The 2015 built features bowl and street stuff, classics like rails and ledges as well as barriers and wallies, some in different material, and surfaces matching their use.
Kristianstad, Sweden – Pivotech, ENR, Concreatures
This plaza in Kristianstad, Sweden looks a lot of fun. Tons of granite banks and ledges – and four golden bumps in the center. Pivotech, ENR and Concreatures really have done an excellent job on this one.
Santa Lucia, Vitoria – Daniel Yabar
This zebra crossing turned bump obstacle at Daniel Yabar's Santa Lucia park in Vitoria is pretty remarkable little detail… and so is this bent up piece of floor and fence turned bank thing. Mr. Yabar has utilized some pretty cool ideas for this Vitoria park. Definitely on the list of places to visit.
Tempelhofer Feld, Berlin – Adam Sello
This place is amazing for a number of reasons: First it's located on the airfield of Berlin's old airport (once built by the Nazi's). Then it's made from granite that was saved by Adam Sello when the GDR's main government building "Palast der Republik" (a sick skate spot for a hot minute after the wall came down) got torn down. So Tempelhof "Volgelfreiheit" plaza is not only amazing to skate it also oozes history. Shatter the system. Skate and destroy!
Rue Cladel, Paris – Constructo, Raphael Zarka
This Rue Cladel park in Paris convinces just by it's simplicity in design and minimalism of obstacles: Sometimes just one line back and forth in a norrow downtown Paris street is all you need.
Cologne, Kap 686
While skaters in Cologne had to bite the bullet of losing their long time go to spot in front of the Cologne Cathedral, Kap 686 is at least a fair compensation. All sorts of ledges, little gaps, mannies, banks and whatnot… rumor has it, a famous local went to Barcelona to measure dimensions of his favourite ledges there to make sure Kap 686 turned out perfect.
Streetdome, Haderslev, Denmark – Glifberg+Lykke
Honestly, I’m not exactly sure why this place is called Streetdome as it doesn’t really look too street to me. It does however look pretty amazing from an architectural point of view. No wonder Streetdome has been in the top 5 of Archdaily’s Building of the Year 2015 awards and has been finalist for Architizer’s A+ Awards.
The park itself is devided in indoor and outdoor sections with a bunch of bowls, flowpark elements and a few rails and ledges. Streetdome, much like designer Rune Glifberg’s skating style – is definitely much rather for speed, flow and flying than tech wizardry or curb lines.
Steelpark, Lulea, Sweden – Janne Saario
Former Element Europe team rider, land architect Janne Saario has always had a knack for that special twist – in his skating as in his architectural work. Utilizing materials found in situ like this giant melting pot roll-in and all sorts of other steel themed obstacles on this on. Rust never sleeps.
Stuttpark, Stuttgart – Yamato Living Ramps
Pic courtesy of Yamato Living Ramps
Well, although Stuttpark is an indoor facility this place looks really fun. A bit of everything here; tricks and flow, not too small, not too big – presented and placed in a way that has you craving for a turn. Almost feel as if I can’t wait for winter to come now… almost!
Argora, Badalona – California Skateparks
The Argora skate plaza pretty much is a technical street skater’s wet dream. Rails, ledges and stair sets in all imaginable shapes and sizes. And CA Skateparks are real experts when it comes to ledge, rail and stair case dimensions… no wonder this place is officially Street League certified. Plus the colouring, the Mediterranean Sea and the mere fact you have the endless skatepark that is the city of Barcelona just a ten minute train ride away almost makes this place too good to be true.
Micropolis, Helsinki – Janne Saario
Lüchow, Germany – Minus Ramps
Strictly speaking, Lüchow skatepark might not exactly be a plaza. But it is well finished by now, but this photo of the colourful piano style corner coping just looks too sick not to include it. And just imagine the sound from grinding this grand piano of all quarterpipes… much, much more than ebony & ivory!
Skanevik, Norway – Betongpark
Skanevik skatepark might not have the fanciest obstacles – no handrail, double set, impact section, no extensions, deep-end or pool coping… but what a zen little place this is!! As basic as it is, Skanevik looks like you can have a ton of fun here: No distractions; just you, your homies… and the sweet sounds of silence.
Lemvig, Denmark – Effekt, Glifberg+Lykke
Photo courtesy of effekt
It doesn't get much more Skandy than this! Postcard skatepark in Lemvig, Denmark here.
Flat rails, ledgeds banks and flow lines… Love it or hate it but these guys have got a lot of shit right. Seaside dream skate right here. Just where Rune could in fact blast a fat kickflip indy or an oververt tailslide here will remain to be seen.