Mellowpark first came about in 1994 as a sports and leisure park for teens and their families. In 1999, the proposal to move the park into an old cable factory won the city contest, ‘Teens Build the New Berlin.’ The endeavor was a resounding success and the park rapidly gained popularity. By 2008, only a few years after its construction, the park was already receiving tens of thousands of visitors a year.
Unfortunately, despite all this, a real estate developer bought the lot next to Mellowpark to build apartments and demanded that the park close under the logic that no one would want to live in proximity to the skatepark. Despite multiple public demonstrations in protest of the decision, the park was moved in 2012 to its current location across the street from Berlin’s football stadium in Köpenick near the river Spree.
The new park sprawls across more than 60 square kilometers and comprises indoor and outdoor facilities, which include hiking trails, ramps, skating areas, beach volleyball courts, dirt jumps for biking, half pipes, empty concrete pools, a camping area and much more. These different attractions are geared towards sports enthusiasts of many ages and experience levels. The Youth Welfare Office is the park’s largest benefactor, donating EUR 75,000 each year to its upkeep and development.
Mellowpark hosts a multitude of different sporting activities including BMX competitions, basketball matches and even graffiti events. Some of the higher profile tournaments held at Mellowpark are Germany’s BMX Championship and the Redbull Revolution bike race, and the rebel jam, an international BMX competition. These events welcome thousands of visitors from around the world both to spectate as well as compete.
Mellowpark continues to serve as an important public space dedicated to the city’s youth culture. It is viewed as a model for integrating urban youths into public spaces across Europe and beyond. Plus, it is a major purveyor for the gritty BMX culture on a national scale. The park is open daily and tickets start as low as only EUR 3,-.