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Prague is building its First 3D Printed Parkour Playground

3D Printed Parkour Playground
Above: An artist’s representation of the 3D Printed Parkour Playground in Prague, Czech Republic/Image Source: praguemorning.cz

Taking a step further from last years’ 3D printed house – the Protozoon, the Building Society Stavební spořitelna Česká spořitelna (Buřinka) deciced to build a 3D printed parkour playground. The project is carried out through a cooperation between the private sector, research, and the public sphere.

According to a report by Prague Morning, Czech Republic’s leading English language media outlet, the 3D printed parkour playground is being constructed in Prague 11, a municipal district in Prague, Czech Republic.

3D Printed Parkour Playground

The 3D printed parkour playground will be 14×12 m in size. Cast rubber will be used as the impact area. The individual obstacles are 3D printed on a frame 3D printer made of material from Master Builders Solutions CZ and poured with concrete to increase safety and strength.

Recycled concrete rebetong, manufactured by Skanska – a world leading project development and construction group, is used for the foundations of the playground. Work4out takes care of earthworks, certification, and completion of the playground.

Czech Construction Industry Challenges

The Czech construction industry is facing many challenges, such as a shortage of workers, insufficient automation, and fast-rising prices of building materials. According to Buřinka, robotics and 3D printing would help solve the situation.

“There are many playgrounds for preschoolers, but older children don´t have many options, so we decided to use innovative 3D printing technology to create a parkour playground. At the same time, we want to confirm the benefits of using recycled concrete, so-called rebetong. It is another milestone in the use of this innovative technology.”

– Libor Vošický, Chairman of the Board of Directors of building Society Stavební spořitelna Česká spořitelna

According to architect and traceur Daniel Samek, who designed the playground, “Parkour is a modern sport that is enjoyed by an increasing number of children. Its advantage is that it is cheap, it doesn´t need expensive equipment, just sneakers, and sweatpants. The playground that is now being created is unique in that it works with rounded shapes. It brings a revival to parkour.”

“We are pleased to be able to provide land for this innovative sports project, which is also a suitable addition to our new leisure area at Kupecký Elementary School. The parkour playground is a great variant of the available sport for older children and adults,” explains Jan Stárek, Councilor for Sport, Culture, and Leisure of Prague 11.

The 3D printed parkour playground will open at the end of September in Prague 11. 


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