St Kilda Skate Park wins design award!

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By Peyton Booij 

St Kilda Skate Park was awarded the Mayor’s Award at the City of Port Phillip Design and Development Awards. Other finalists included Perrett Ewert Leaf, “Linear” by Ascui Edwards Architects, “Albert” by Elenberg Fraser, Whiting Architects, Paul Morgan Architects and Emma Davis, Jeremy Kibel and James Hullick.

Acting Mayor Serge Thomann said it was a strong field of finalists who contributed to the atmosphere, style and liveability of the city.  There was a noticeable increase in vibrant and sustainable design. The awards started in 1998 and are now in their 12th year.

According to its maker, Convic, the park reflects the undulating and ever changing nature of the coastal environment. The central skate area of St Kilda Skate Park evokes the shape of sand dunes.

Convic have built many reliable and functional skate parks including the newly award wining St Kilda park. They claim recreational spaces such as the central lawn, playground, picnic areas and pockets of indigenous fauna and shade trees combine to showcase the powerful collision between the natural and urban environment of the St Kilda foreshore.

Skateboard.com.au gives the park 4 and a half stars out of 5.  According to the review, StKilda mixes different colored concrete, with a variety of banks, hips, rollovers, linked to flow around. The big bowl varies from 5 to 7 and 8 feet with extensions, corners and an elevating corner in the deep end. St Kilda’s biggest point of difference to other parks is its granite coping, which grinds really fast.

To check out the park it is located on Marine Parade.

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