Concrete structures in Denmark combine recreation with functionality to protect people from natural disasters.

Global climate change has resulted in an increase in extreme weather worldwide. Receiving a large share of the impact are coastal areas and low-lying lands hit by tropical storms and flooding, from the U.S. East Coast to the North Sea in Europe.

With an increased occurrence of flooding in Denmark due to a series of heavy rainstorms, one industrial area has taken to creating a multipurpose park and flood barrier.

Rabalder Park in Roskilde, Denmark has been converted into a large-scale drainage system that still accommodates park users by providing a new concrete skate park. Designed by the Danish firm Nordarch, the new Rabalder Park project is a series of water canals, bowls, and pools that direct and contain excess rainwater while also acting as a natural skate park. Additionally, the park also contains bike paths, parkour and fitness equipment, and grill/hang-out areas built into the landscape.

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