Portable Skatepark

Portable Skatepark

Illustration: HERI IRAWAN

No halfpipe? No problem. The modular skatepark is a mobile solution that transforms cityscapes with ramps and jumps.

So, what are we looking at?

What started as a design project for Dario Goldbach and his co-creator, Martijn Hartwig, became something bigger. “We built a modular skatepark that could go anywhere in the cityscape,” says Goldbach. “It’s essentially nine structures that can be added to urban objects.”

Sounds rad. But who needs it?

“In Rotterdam, where I’m from, there was a skatepark. But it was built by a company that makes kids’ playgrounds. It was metal, which is horrible for skaters. It needed constant repairs and was closed down.

We gave skaters another option. Our mobile obstacles are also great for skate-proofed cities. We showcased them in the city center and it turned into a real event. It was a guerrilla project, so we didn’t know what reaction we’d get. But the police didn’t want us to take them down!”

Dario Goldbach

The ideas man: DARIO GOLDBACH, 23

Pictured here wearing shades next to Jira Jira co-founder Martijn Hartwig, the ardent Dutch skater and design grad enjoys combining his passions. He now lives, works and skates in Australia. jirajira.nl

Did you learn any new tricks?

“We’d never built a park before, so we spoke to people who had and asked about different materials. Everyone wanted to help, and we learned about the importance of collaboration. Some of the obstacles were painted by Leon Karssen and Vincent Blok, two artists from the skateboarding scene. Leon has 50,000 followers on Instagram, which gave us some extra coverage.”

Portable Skatepark

A mold ensures the side panels are exactly the same size for stability. 

The ramp is made of two glued layers of flexible 3mm plywood on a tough frame. 

Artist Leon Karssen didn’t work from a plan. “We just told him to go crazy.”

Any other projects in the pipeline?

“The idea was to keep collaborating and building. But Martijn was offered a traineeship and I had other projects, so we donated the obstacles to skate shops. Now, boarders can grab them and put them wherever they want.

From this point onward, it’s about the idea of inspiring others and connecting often-isolated skaters to regular people who like the idea or appreciate the art. We hope it teaches people to look at the city differently.”

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04 2016 The Red Bulletin

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