Korogocho urban community park is a small intervention in a larger community of development. Identity was utilized as a key element of design giving name, character, and community to an already carved out sense of place. The Hoperaisers Initiative provided an entry point into the Korogocho community. Through their work gathering children, youth and young adults around skating activities it became clear that ownership of streets, empowerment of key community stakeholders and engaging both the local and extended community could help re-define Korogocho neighborhoods. The new urban park provides a space for community oriented activities giving a place for essential community functions to occur; the intervention was seen as a three part process with each phase reclaiming and revitalizing a little more of the neighborhood and adjacent streets.
The project builds on Hoperaisers' current model of street occupation where the group blocks certain streets for skating competitions once a month, with an ongoing programme of free skating and training. Through an incremental approach the project seeks to increase the level of street activation in order to reclaim public space for community empowerment and social engagement. A three phase approach was developed to allow for an experimental design methodology that placed importance on the need to develop innovative strategies suited to the context of Korogocho in material use, economy of implementation and maintenance, as well as social integration.
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