Sports center uses climate adaption as stepping-stone for new recreational facilities.
Extreme rain events have caused flooding on several occasions in the Copenhagen suburb Gladsaxe. To prevent future flooding, a large climate adaptation project was recently finished at Gladsaxe Sports Center. The sports center is situated on top of a large region- al water system. By diverting rainwater through a series of ponds and canals, more capacity was therefore created in the sewerage systems both locally and in the low-lying areas between Gladsaxe and the sea. By choosing surface solutions with dual purposes rather than traditional underground reservoirs, the project saved approx. EUR 4 million, proving it a very cost-efficient solution. Keeping the rainwater above surface also became a stepping stone
for creating new recreational areas and playgrounds. Eight differ- ent holes were constructed to function as different recreational areas when they are not used for collecting rainwater. For sports enthusiasts, the park has been turned into a concrete corridor for skate boarders and a paddle tennis field. As the holes have a more informal setting, the park now has a much wider appeal for the overall local community who is invited in for anything from jogging or playing, to dog walking or taking a Sunday stroll.
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