A child-friendly design is one which attracts all people and brings them together, so that all users are afforded the everyday freedom to play. Play can help create interaction between people and build communities. In turn this leads to a happier, more connected, and cohesive place, with a sense of belonging.
Wrapping around the edge of the site is a woodland walk with a defining character that links to a series of open spaces across the masterplan. This route offers the opportunity to meander through the woodland or run past coloured distance markers to build up goals. More natural planting defines the linear spaces, bringing users closer to nature within this city quarter. A range of play uses are positioned along the route that include incidental play opportunities, fitness routes and trails, as well as areas to sit and relax. In addition, an outdoor gym area is provided to the west, adjacent to a more formal play space.
The entrances to the park from the east and south form important connections through the development to both the city and commercial areas. These have been designed to create wide-open welcoming thresholds to Sky Park at all entry points, using planting and tree canopies to define the character of the site boundary. Seating at main entrances allow these spaces to become social meeting points, encouraging activity on the edges of the development and a merging of communities.
Sky Park is a new way of living in the city of Bratislava.