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The owners of a waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen have released their design for making the roof of the plant into a community park, complete with a ski slope.

Copenhagen recycling company Amager Resource Center and architecture firm SLA, of Denmark, have released the final design drawings of the new Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant Rooftop Park — a 16,000 sqare-meter combined ski slope and rooftop activity landscape that will be built on the Amager Bakke waste-to-energy plant as a public and nature-filled green rooftop park. Amager Bakke was opened last year.

SLA said that the activity park, which was initially designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, will be completed in September.

The park will include hiking trails, playgrounds, street fitness, trail running, vantage points, climbing walls and shelters and about 500 meters of ski slopes.

SLA partner Rasmus Astrup said in a statement that creating the park was challenging, "not only because of the extreme natural — and unnatural — conditions of the site and the rooftop itself, which put severe stress on plants, trees and landscape, but also because we’ve had to ensure that the rooftop’s many activities are realized in an accessible, intuitive and inviting manner.”

“The goal,” he said, “is to ensure that Amager Bakke will become an eventful recreational public space with a strong aesthetic and sensuous city nature that gives value for all Copenhageners — all year round.”

Lead image credit: SLA

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