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Fadura - sports park




The city of Getxo is known for its sports program. It was European city of sports in 2014 and won a prize for Best Sports City in 2015. It also has an Urban Development Plan Estrategia Getxo 2020. The reason for this project is the renovation of the sports center, but the ambition goes further: with this project Getxo wants to bridge the gap between the sports program and the Estrategia Getxo 2020 program. The concrete goals of this project are therefore:

1. Renovating the sports complex and integrating better with the environment.

2. Looking beyond sport: the goal is good and healthy life.

3. Using the Fadura Sport Park as a living lab where new technologies stimulate the sporting experience and quality of life in the city.

The Kirolak Fadura Park project thus becomes a critical and constructive reflection on the relationship of the park with its environment, better life and innovation.


The approach ensures a good integration between the participation process on the one hand and the design process of the new sports park on the other. We do that in 3 steps:

1. Diagnosis / Analysis. We map the context and the stakeholders, choose the right way to involve all groups in a constructive co-creative process.

2. Via citizen participation to a project proposal. Our co-creation process includes both digital participation steps, large events for everyone and small workshops with specific groups. We involve everyone in one transparent process and continue to build on each other's contributions.

3. Evaluation and feedback. We make a synthesis of the entire process and participation report and a design for the park, and link back.


This approach delivers:

• A good coordination and well-organized dialogue between the stakeholders and the designers, key for a successful project.

• A broad range and great diversity among participants (age, gender, athletes as well as inhabitants in general, because we involve everyone through multiple channels.

• A large support base through a single dialogue where we continue to build on what we learn together. Through a correct sequence of physical and digital participation in all steps of the process: both to collect input and to receive feedback on proposals.

• A very qualitatively sustainable Fadura Sports Park design because it is a co-design from many angles: the design is based on consensus that it is the best solution for the whole community.