The new Hombruch skatepark in Dortmund is officially open

July 18 2022.

New concrete alert in Dortmund, Germany. We reached out to James Dickerson of Betonlandschaften to find out more. 

Introduce us to the park – tell us its name, where it is, what kind of park will it be (more street-oriented, just a bowl, a plaza...), its approximate dimensions, if it’s already open to the public, that sort of stuff.

Hombruch skatepark is built on an old mining area, in the southwest side of Dortmund, and symbolizes the industrial aesthetic common to the area. The park is located near the EPI-Zentrum Jugendfreizeitstätte Hombruch youth center and was built with both skaters and bikers in mind. The skatepark includes a snake run with tunnel, one large bowl with pool coping, one smaller bowl with steel coping and a street area.

The street course is around 900 m² and has all kinds of fun features like a china bank and our machine gun obstacle.

The park also includes two asphalt pumptracks, basketball, field, calisthenics, parkour area and a 14 m tall climbing wall.

Visit Hombruch Skatepark Visit Betonlandschaften

By Haroun Cherif

2er DIY Skatepark Builders Jam 2022

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