The construction of a prototype version of Jubileumsparken got under way in the winter of 2013–2014 with the removal of fencing, casting of a roller derby track and installation of electricity and water supply. A first public transport was located into the area. This prototype park started the process of planning, building and maintaining a city park - seven years before it was due to be opened as part of Gothenburg's 400th anniversary celebrations.
The prototype park has been designed to reconnect and give answers to major consultations done with the public in regards to what and how to build the future Gothenburg.
Consultations mainly existing of question – answer dialogues reported in traditional documents. The prototype park however has been constructed with different kinds of dialogues fx. building and planning workshops where the planners, architects and the public goes hands on in construction and building the common room of Jubileumsparken. This includes the construction of a public sauna and bath, the playground Berget, an urban farming community, a sailing academy, the shoreline park and programming of the park 113 – a temporary indoor park room. All the built prototypes are examples of how the park might look in the future, while they constitute the park the visitor knows today. A way to take the discussions forward, from traditional public consultations to public use of a place in transformation. Through the ‘place-building’, the area's existing values has been examined and made visible together with the development of the area's planning structure. It has meant a shift in the focus from the final image to the emergence of Frihamnen as a whole -step by step.
The bridge between the vision and the implementation has been established and
Frihamnen’s heart - the basin where the ships from the world used to anchor now beats again via the blue/water activities. But now transformed to a human scale. There is life and activity again in Frihamnen. The coming years major constructions will start and go on for approx. twenty-five years. Jubileumsparken will be in the center, accessible during the construction phases. The park will develop in steps with a larger public bath and extended bathing culture, with green and urban sub parks and with weather protected spaces.
Göteborg Stad / Göteborg City in collaboration with the architects:
Akay och E.B Itso.
Atelier Le Balto