Workshop in Kevelaer abgesagt

Wir haben uns schon sehr auf unseren Workshop gefreut, der am 18.3. stattfinden sollte, um mit euch den neuen Skatepark zu planen. Leider muss darauf in diesen Tagen, in Hinblick auf die Verbreitung des Corona Virus, verzichtet werden. Eure Ideen sind aber dennoch willkommen und können an Herrn Barz von der Stadt Kevelaer geschickt werden:

Skull Bowl Project Uganda

This week we actually wanted to start the “Skull Bowl Project” for our Uganda project. In cooperation with our partner Jack, from the “Uganda Skateboard Union”, we will add a bowl to the skate park. Since the project has been so successful so far, we will also send additional volunteers to Uganda this year to support the locals in the weekly workshops, so that even more kids have the opportunity to take part. Our project coordinator Gabu wanted to head to Kampala this week to start construction. The opening was planned for June … BUT ….

Quote: “The government of Uganda has introduced improved screening and quarantine measures in response to the global public health threat posed by COVID-19. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to apply without notice. The Ministry of Health announced that it has imposed a self-quarantine obligation on all asymptomatic travelers arriving in Uganda who have been in the following countries in the 14 days prior to arrival in Uganda. Travelers from the following countries are affected: China / France / Germany / Iran / Italy / South Korea / Spain “End of quote.

Gabu cannot fly to Kampala, because otherwise he would have had to spend 14 days in quarantine at a local hospital at his own expense.

We are building a new skate park for Kevelaer

In the pilgrimage town of Kevelaer, young people and senior citizens have been working together to build and maintain a skate park for more than ten years. There is an active skater community in the city, which initially worked on the renovation of the old facility, but last year relocated the location and dealt intensively with the development of a new skate park.

The existing skate complex is in a state of renovation. Furthermore, it is located outside the city center and is therefore not easy to reach for children and young people.

The central location and the existing, good infrastructure speak for the relocation of the skate park to the area of ​​the school center in Kevelaer. These include the cafeteria, the municipal lunch club, the municipal youth center, each with appropriate sanitary facilities as well as sports facilities and schools. These should use the facility as part of AG offers or in physical education.

Kevelaer neue Skateanlage

Ralf Maier at the symposium at DAM Frankfurt

As part of the ongoing exhibition The Playground Project, Ralf Maier spoke on February 19. at the symposium play landscape: meeting space, movement space, free space.

The approximately 150 listeners first got an overview of the history of skate facilities. Ralf Maier also outlined the working methods in planning and execution. Here also about the special features of the non-profit international projects, which he realized together with Skate Aid.

In this context, a film by Skate Aid was presented to the audience, which gives a good and emotional insight into this area of ​​work.

The exhibition in the German Architecture Museum Frankfurt runs until June 21, 2020 and is worth a visit anyway. It also includes an extensive accompanying program. The series of symposia continues

MARCH 27 – 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


MAY 15 – 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Working student wanted!

We are looking for a bike / skate-loving working student (m/f/d) for our team in Cologne!

On site in Damascus

Our skate park in Damascus was completed in 2019. Tobi from Skate-Aid recently made his way to Syria – in his luggage: 60kg (!) skateboard stuff. Still the only way to provide the workshops in Qudsaya / Damascus with the necessary material. Due to the political situation, it is not possible to send packages to Syria, or to fly there directly. Entry was only possible through Lebanon and with the help of the good contacts of the project partner, the SOS Children’s Villages. That means about two days travel time from Germany.

On site, of course, they were totally enthusiastic about the visit and the kids were happy about skateboards, schooners and helmets. In addition to meetings to recap the first half of the year, to introduce changes and improvements, the skate park was visited, an apartment for the volunteers was sought and the budget for 2020 was decided. This year there will be two volunteers on site at the same time, who are passionate about it.

The skate park is also a popular place for children (and parents) outside of the workshops to meet, skate and play together.

Winning design: Adventure site amusement park Moers

We are very happy to have won the competition in Moers. In cooperation with our colleagues, Förder landscape architects from Essen, we received first place for the design of the approx. 3 ha leisure park and the integrated, approx. 3,000 m² skate park.

Our conception of the skate park puts a special focus on noise protection, which we will implement through the location and nature of the elements. We also take into account future fun and the challenge for all skaters in Moers through areas with different levels of difficulty. There is a corresponding pool area for beginners, a snake run and an extensive plaza are also being created.

The park is scheduled for completion in late 2022.

(Renderings: Förder Landschaftsarchitekten )

The jury in Moers wrote about their decision: “With their guiding principle, by placing a “water converter “as the central, new element, the authors created an adequate and powerful replacement for the former lake area. The idea of ​​a park for everyone is consistently implemented by consistently zoning the individual functional areas. The planned scaffolding allows the connection of all areas with the simultaneous possibility of using different circular routes. The laying of the art path on the edge of the open meadow area and at a respectful distance from the Moersbach is apt and enables a better reception of the sculptures due to the prominent arrangement.

The location of the skate park in the southern area follows the noise protection recommendations and appears to be arranged sensibly, even if the noise protection measures still need to be revised. Planning the grandstand area between the skate park and the plaza is a good idea, as it shields the different areas of use from one another and at the same time offers view options on both sides…. ”

Pumptrack Mettingen

Pumptrack Mettingen

In October, after only a 3-week construction period, a pump track and impeller track of approx. 1200 m² was built. In addition to an impeller track for the very young children, a pump track was built with different heights and jump and driving in asphalt construction.

Executing company Konrad Willar with from Augsburg.
On Saturday the 16.11.19 the official opening took place.

Skatepark in Sonsbeck is renewed

Skatepark A new skate park is being built on the base of the old skate park.
In addition to a pool creates a street area on a total area of ​​about 670 m².

The company Camp Ramps from Stolberg (near Aachen) started construction in August. Completion of the entire plant is scheduled for early December.
The construction work was only possible through the funding under the Leader project.

Start of construction in Büren

In the Almeaue in Büren, the Goode-Grete company from Regensburg is starting to build the new skating facility these days.
We planned them together with young people in several workshops.
On a floor area of ​​approx. 600 m², a skate park will be built using in-situ concrete construction. The existing tree population was integrated into the planning.

Darmstadt gets a new BMX Park

In 1994, Ralf Maier rode for the GT, TSG in the Darmstädter Park ….. today, 25 years later, we were commissioned to re-design the new BMX Park in the Bürgerpark Darmstadt.

The new park will have a size of approx. 2,500 m² and on the 21st of November the first voting with the club will take place!

Completion will be January 2021.

Photoexhibition: Giving identity through skateboarding

Self-motivation, confidence and solidarity are distinct personality traits among skaters. Usually, the athletes are also able to apply these skills to school, career and personal life. In the past, the „scene“ has regularly spawned social changes, unconventional solutions, art forms and fashion trends on a global scale, while their origin often remained unknown to he public. But since this is common sense among skaters, it also took one of their own (a skater vom the USA) to realize the potential of skateparks to humanitarian aid.

Nowadays there are several charities and NGOs in the world that build skateparks in areas of crisis from donations to improve the living conditions of those affected. But instead of knowledge and access to food (which of course are also important for sustainable development cooperation) the parks are meant to support more subtle factors in young adults that are much harder to measure, like intrinsic motivation, personal development, sense of belonging and the urge for fulfilment. In skateboarding-culture, origin, religion, status and colour are irrelevant. The only important thing is a shared love for the sport.

By investing in the youngest members of society, it can be changed at its base, which makes it a sustainable contribution to humanitarian work in the affected region. For many years Maier Landschaftsarchitektur / Betonlandschaften has been at the forefront of this movement as an honorary planner for german associations and could therefore participate at many diverse projects around the world.

FSB Fair Cologne: BDLA Pumptrack Seminar

Ralf Maier from Betonlandschaften / maier Landschaftsarchitektur is speaker at the event as part of the BDLA Day on 07.11.2019 in Cologne on the FSB Fair.

Pumptracks – The new roller sports facilities Planning, construction and safety instructions

The program is aimed at colleagues with a focus on sports and leisure facilities and builders in municipalities and sports clubs.

With this event we offer an insight into the planning, construction and safety requirements to be observed. The basics and decision support for the planning and implementation of pump tracks in asphalt construction will be taught. A pump track in asphalt construction is not just a simple bike system, but the most versatile multi-functional system for a wide variety of roller sports. In addition to the MTB & BMX bikes, these asphalt pump tracks are suitable for other users such as skateboarders, longboarders, inline skaters, roller skaters and even wheelchair users.

You can expect interesting lectures and exciting panel discussions. The workshop is divided into 4 themed blocks.

13:00 to 17:00

  1. Requirements for the planning of roller sports facilities, construction methods, costs
    Speaker: David Welter, landscape architect AKNW, qualified playground inspector
  2. Safety requirements for roller sports equipment;
    Speaker: Ralf Maier, Landscape Architect BDLA, IAKF, FLL
  3. Pedagogy / social impact of pump tracks;
    Speaker: Konrad Willar
  4. Best practice – examples of facilities
    Speaker: Ralf Maier, Landscape Architect BDLA, IAKF, FLL

We also recommend a visit to the free morning program of the bdla day in the area of ​​the PlanerForum, i.a. with the topics: „Climate change – green as part of the solution“, „play + fun – but safe – on the move“ and „skate parks – building blocks of peace work in crisis areas“.

FSB Fair Cologne: BDLA Pumptrack Seminar