A skate park for skaters of all abilities
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We’re upgrading and extending the North Fitzroy skate park, informally known as the Fitzy Bowl, to create a welcoming, inclusive and more accessible skate park.
We’ve worked with the local skate community to come up with a new design that skaters, BMXers, rollerbladers, rollerskaters, and scooter riders of all ages and abilities can enjoy.
The Fitzy Bowl, at Fitzroy North’s Edinburgh Gardens, is one of just two skateboarding facilities in Yarra. This well-loved and well-used facility, was first built in 1991. Since then, only basic maintenance has been done.
Who uses the skate park?
The Fitzy Bowl is one of Melbourne’s most popular skate parks. It attracts skateboarders, bladers, BMXers and scooter riders of all ages from the Yarra community and across Melbourne. It’s also seen as one of the more challenging skate parks in the area, and has very few options for beginner skaters.
Very young children and their parents also play here, with and without wheeled toys.
Creating a welcoming skate facility
To come up with a design that would help skaters of all ages and abilities feel welcome – especially children – we engaged an independent designer and engagement consultant, and a group of people who use the skate park regularly.
This group reflects the diversity of the people who use the skate park, and includes teenage skaters, parents, and skaters in their forties.
The upgraded skate park will be designed for both beginners - especially young children - and advanced users, with opportunities for beginners to progress to more difficult tricks. Parts of the new design will also be accessible to some wheelchair users.
The upgraded park will be a little more than double the current size, but includes seating for spectators and other park users, and makes use of shade from existing trees. The original skate bowls will not be removed.
The proposed skate park design
Click on each hot spot to find out more about the proposed design, or look at the gallery for more images.
Please note this is a visualisation only. The final design may change. You are welcome to provide feedback using the form on this page.