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Danish skatepark prevents flooding
Severe storms and flooding due to climate change are causing more and more problems around the world. In Roskilde, Denmark, a completely new approach to flood prevention has proven successful.
In the Danish city of Roskilde, a newly built recreational space and skatepark called Rabalderparken is not only a place for kids to ride their skateboards: It doubles as a new drainage system for the entire city, collecting and dispersing water after heavy rainfall. Along with Danish architectural firm GHB Landskabsarkitekter, COWI won the project of designing a new ground-level asphalt canal for flood prevention.
Complete with 2,300 m² of concrete bowls, ramps and other ideal skating obstacles, the park also functions as a drainage system capable of transporting and holding up to 23,000 m³ of rainwater, almost enough to fill ten Olympic-size swimming pools. Water that otherwise could end up flooding basements and roadways in Roskilde. By pumping the water from the basins to the surface water pipe system in Roskilde and into the nearby Roskilde Fjord, you can empty the basins in Rabalderparken in no more than a few days.
The architect and skater, Søren Nordal Enevoldsen, talks to CNN about Rabalderparken