A sense of safety arises through dialogue and mutual understanding. Stockholm wanted to improve social cohesion across age, gender, and ethnicity by building a new gathering point for the inhabitants of Rågsved in a park area from the 60s-70s without any explicit programing. We focused on creating a space with a great variety of functions that encourage both the young and the old to move their body and activate their creativity.
PLAY AND SPONTANEOUS ACTIVITY IN RÅGSVED
The spine of the park is the orange running track with the traditional 100 m. sprint as well as playful and challenging topographies. The sides of the track are dotted with climbing walls, playgrounds, trampolines, a field for playing boules and more. The park also offers calmer types of recreation with tables, benches, and a barbecue area. One can get an overview of and new perspective on the park from a number of elevated platforms. The broad variety of functions makes the park a meeting place for many different kinds of people – it has become a social gathering point for children, teenagers and adults in Rågsved.
The park is a flexible structure that can be expanded and adjusted according to the needs and possibilities in the area. An ongoing dialogue with the residents has from the onset been a central planning tool to help bring the park new functions and adjust it to the city’s development. So far Kragh&Berglund have expanded the park with a dance court designed for the city’s young women and girls; a group that is not very visible in the public space otherwise.