North Brigade | Cologne

Cologne

North Brigade

 

Originally built in 1992, the North Brigade skatepark in Cologne has been an integral part of the German skateboard scene since day one. Hardly any other park in the country has been home to as many influential competitions and events on a national and international throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. But as skatepark designs evolved over recent years, the North Brigade began losing its relevance, reflected by rapidly declining visitor numbers.

In 2013, we created a master plan for the North Brigade’s operating team to reestablish the park as one of Europe’s leading skate facilities. This plan needed to win over local parks and recreation officials, as well as potential sponsors, and funding partners. The final skatepark design was realized in 2014 and covers all technical variations of skateboarding – from street to bowl riding – and attracts all levels of proficiency from pros to new beginners. The park design also accommodates other sports, the training of next-generation talent, as well as international events.

The complete redesign of the 2,800-square-meter park area was implemented in close cooperation with architect Christian Thomas and Anker Rampen construction firm.

State-of-the-Art Design

The design of the banks reflects the North Brigade’s original park layout from the 1990s. The snake run is unique in its shape and size across Germany.

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Event Approved.

Whether it’s contests or demos, bowl or street events, national or international focus – the North Brigade’s park design provides all the necessary features – and plenty of space for spectators – to implement winning events in all sizes.

Youth Development Training.

Weekend workshops, summer camps, family days: Youth development training is a central part of the North Brigade’s master plan. To this end, the park design features a great number of beginner-friendly features.

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“The bowl is super nice and mega fun to skate. What’s more, it’s not built too gnarly, so you can feel free to also try some new tricks.”

Lennie Janssen, Skateboarder

North Brigade

Cologne