Copenhagen Common Skatepark

Skateboarders have had their own corner of Copenhagen Common since 1988. It was getting a bit run down, so was upgraded a couple of years ago. Copenhagen Common Skatepark is now one of the biggest and best in the Nordic Region. Even if you don’t fancy joining in, it’s a great place to admire the skills on display – some of the skaters here are pretty impressive.

The park was built using a special technique that involves pouring the concrete on site, which allows long, smooth surfaces, curves and obstacles to be formed. The skatepark also offers one of Europe’s biggest ‘verts’ – a five-metre-high U-shaped ramp. Riding this demands concentration and protective clothing – but it’s worth it just to fly over the Common for a few seconds as onlookers gaze in awe at your acrobatics.

The original skatepark was a do-it-yourself affair made by the skaters. But after 20 years it had become worn out. On the 100th anniversary of the Common, a donation from the A.P. Møller Foundation made possible the new, much larger skatepark, which was built with help and inspiration from some of the world’s best skaters.

Although it is designed to accommodate beginners as well as experts, this is no place for small children. Some of these skaters move really fast and young kids would find it difficult to keep up.

Shortly after the renovation, small children on scooters were using it, which was potentially dangerous. As a result, scooters are now banned. However, a new scooter track for both children and adults has opened not far from the skatepark. It is the first specially designed scooter track in Denmark.

Photo: Scanpix/Mads Nissen

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