Multimedia systems could boost value of skate park projects

For recreational projects like skate parks, the future will likely see multimedia applications being incorporated in the design, said Julius Turanyik of Convic.

Speaking with Construction Week, the general manager of the Melbourne-based landscape architecture design and construction company noted that skate park designs have evolved over the years and will continue to do so.

“I think innovation will continue to shape how skate parks will be designed and built,” he commented, adding: “We’ll probably see more features added, including multimedia [systems].”

Turanyik revealed that Convic, the firm that designed and constructed the XDubai skate facility located at Kite Beach, already has “a few ideas” that it plans on introducing in its next skate park developments in the Gulf region.

He elaborated: “We can probably have a number of skate parks linked by multimedia channels. We can use multimedia applications to connect parks in different parts of the world or even just within the Middle East.

“I’m sure that will be very appealing for sponsors who are interested in working with developers.”

Although Convic has only worked on one skate park project in the region, Turanyik said that the company is confident that it won’t be its last, seeing as it has been receiving requests for information from developers and design houses interested in including youth recreational spaces in their projects.

He pointed out that, in addition to offering commercial benefits, skate parks and similar projects can also be used to encourage teenagers to become more active and involved in their communities.