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World Skate shares Tokyo 2020 course designs and legacy consideration
With Tokyo 2021 marking the first ever appearance of skateboarding at the Olympic Games, World Skate has shared insights into the course designs and future plans.
Skateboarding, skatepark design and what actually defines a good skatepark were new notions to the Olympic environment and community as a whole. The layout of the street and park features is driven by the Olympic competition format and the goal of providing skateboard athletes from all over the world the terrain necessary to achieve their own personal best and to help advance skateboarding into the future.
Skatepark design and the physical act of building a competition-fueled street and park course took a collaborative effort to produce. With the right people in place, the plans proceeded and history will soon be made on both the park and street courses in Tokyo this summer.
California Skateparks Chief Executive, Joe Ciaglia notes “the design for the Skateboarding Street and Park Courses is intended to far exceed anything that has ever been built for professional skateboarding competition.
“Each of the custom concrete courses was meticulously designed to give skateboard athletes the ability to maximise their own creativity, flow, speed, amplitude, technicality, and variety.
“With a collective mission for the first Olympics games of skateboarding to leave something behind, we are happy to announce that both the Park and Street courses are under consideration to be left open to the public after the Games close.
“With the intention of bringing more international events to Tokyo, this will solidify a future in skateboarding events, overall participation and progression in the surrounding areas for years to come.”
World Skate President, Sabatino Aracu adds “we are so excited for the Tokyo skateparks. We wanted the athletes to have perfect and unprecedented competition courses for their Olympic debut, and I believe we hit the target thanks to the fruitful cooperation between all parties involved. As icing on the cake, if these two incredible skateparks become permanent, we also achieved another key target for Olympic Skateboarding: A valuable legacy left behind for the city of Tokyo as well as for the Japanese skateboarding community.
“Collectively, we have succeeded in working together with the IOC, the Tokyo2020 Organizing Committee, as well as the park designers and builders by bringing this idea to reality while catering to the athletes' needs and desires. Everyone involved has been great in understanding and supporting the process and we are excited to leave behind a legacy as well as a one-of-a-kind skateboarding outlet for the locals to enjoy thereafter.
"From the Japanese side we’ve been working hand in hand with the Tokyo2020 Sports department that has shared the same goals and skateboarding vision as us. They have been understanding and helpful throughout the entire process. Because of this, we’re not only leaving behind two great skateparks, but also the experience and knowledge to build more skateparks for local skaters and international guests alike.
“As we inch closer to the Tokyo 2021 Summer Olympic Games, we salute those who have laid the foundation before us. We are excited to make history this summer while leaving behind a lasting skateboarding legacy in Tokyo.”
25th January 2021 - Construction commences on Adelaide City Skate Park
4th January 2021 - City of Sydney opens new skate park in Alexandria
9th December 2020 - World Skate announces skateboarding officially added to Paris 2024 Olympic Games
7th October 2020 - Adelaide City Skate Park concept designs released
4th September 2020 - New skatepark in the pipeline for Condingup youth
7th August 2020 - Marlborough Park transformed with exciting new skatepark
7th July 2020 - St Albans Skate Park extension to cater for beginners
22nd May 2020 - Community inspired skate park to open in North Curl Curl
15th March 2020 - Lotterywest grant delivers additional features to Midvale Skate Park
11th March 2020 - World Skate announces Gender Equality Commission appointments
3rd March 2020 - Australian Skate Park League series heads to Pakenham
24th January 2020 - New skate park opens in Geelong
23rd January 2020 - YMCA partners with Skate Australia to deliver major skateboarding events
13th November 2019 - Inaugural world Skateboarding Summit outlines pre 2020 Olympic plans
25th October 2019 - YMCA and City of Casey release guidelines for safer skate parks
24th October 2019 - New skate park opens in Sydney’s northern beaches
1st May 2019 - World-class skate park set to open in Tamworth
29th April 2019 - City of Newcastle opens $2 million playground and skate park
3rd February 2019 - Permanent skate park and community green planned for Christchurch
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