The shipyard takes on a new lease of life as a skate park

Ti Gong

Children run among themselves Sunday at the newly opened Dock 1 Skate Park along the Huangpu River.

Shanghai’s once thriving shipbuilding industry, which dates back to the end of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), has many abandoned shipyards along the Huangpu River.

As the city government is determined to open up the “best riparian resources” to its citizens, this industrial heritage has been redeveloped into parks, art scenes, museums and sports venues.

One of the latest projects, the city’s first riverside skate park, opened on Saturday night on one of the preserved docks at the Jiangnan Shipyard, which opened in 1865.

The recently unveiled Dock 1 Skate Park covers approximately 10,000 square meters on Longhua Road E. It includes more than 3,000 square meters of professional skating ground, the largest and most professional in China.

It also includes sections for logging, balance car, bike motocross and rock climbing, which are open to the public free of charge, as well as a hockey field.

Yuanwang-1, who retired in 2010 after completing around 60 aerospace missions, is on display next to the park. It is illuminated at night as a historical exhibit.

The park is part of efforts to create a 15-minute sports life circle in downtown Shanghai, said Shen Shanzhou, director of Huangpu district. Additional sports venues for exercises and training will be opened along the Huangpu River and Suzhou Creek, he added.

The shipyard takes on a new lease of life as a skate park

Ti Gong

A skate park has been created in one of the preserved docks of the Jiangnan shipyard.

“The park is expected to renovate the century-old industrial heritage and become an elegant sports landmark in the city,” said Shen.

The shipyard was originally built at the end of the Qing Dynasty by order of Li Hongzhang (1823-1901), a Chinese politician, general and diplomat. He is known as the pioneer of modern industrial development in China.

At its peak, it housed 13 factories for machinery, ships, firearms, gunpowder and steel and covered 43,000 square meters. The first Chinese batch of machine tools, guns and motor boats were produced at the site. The country’s first 10,000-ton frigates and hydraulic presses were also developed there.

The shipyard was transferred to Changxing Island before the 2010 World Expo. The old welding workshop, covering an area of ​​7,000 square meters, was redeveloped into a CSSC pavilion and was retained after the exposure.

Another preserved dock from the shipyard next to the skate park will become the Shanghai Submarine Museum to showcase a retired submarine.

Elsewhere in the city, the MIFA 1862, an artistic commercial space, has been transformed from an over 150-year-old shipyard in Lujiazui in the Pudong New Area.

Another former Yangpu shipyard has been transformed into Fabrication Plaza, offering jogging and walking trails to the public.

The shipyard takes on a new lease of life as a skate park

Ti Gong

Children run at Skate Park Dock 1.

The shipyard takes on a new lease of life as a skate park

Ti Gong

A hockey field in the old dock of the shipyard.

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