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FSB 2015: Greater focus on municipalities


Urban green areas are true all-rounders: Being places of encounter, recovery, integration or relaxation, they enhance the quality of life within the urban environment. In addition, parks, forests, playgrounds, schoolyards, and even green traffic islands or planters can improve the urban climate and contribute to climate protection. For sustainable modern urban planning, interconnected open spaces, also called "green networks", running through the entire settlement area are indispensable. And the new sports technologies are just as "green" as modern urban planning: A positive eco-balance, energy-oriented refurbishment and energy efficiency in management of sports facilities are all indispensable parameters for planning, renovation and construction of sports and leisure facilities. In this spirit, FSB, from 27 to 30 October 2015, presents itself as sustainable, green, playful, attractive and more successful than ever. Once again, FSB will take place in parallel with aquanale, the International Trade Fair for Sauna, Pool, Ambience, this year for the first time in the modern North Halls of Koelnmesse. Thanks to the new, thematic hall layout, the International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities provides an even better overview for a successful trade fair visit. Decision-makers, architects, planners and landscape architects from both the public and private sectors find tailored solutions and future-orientated concepts for open spaces and, ultimately for social change at FSB. Some 650 companies from over 45 countries showcasing their products and services on an area of 80,000 square meters are expected at the almost booked-out event. The trade fair's new scheduling, for the first time outside of North Rhine-Westphalia's autumn holidays, has received an optimistic response from municipalities and companies well in advance

In order to successfully and sustainably consolidate FSB 2015, organisers Koelnmesse, together with the conceptual sponsors and partners, have further developed the fair concept. The new theme-orientated hall layout gives the trade fair duo even greater momentum. From 27 to 30 October 2015, the trade fair duo of FSB and aquanale will be presented in Halls 6, 7, 9 and 10.2 of the Cologne exhibition grounds. As of 2015, exhibitors at both events will benefit from the improved infrastructure in the northern area of the Cologne exhibition grounds. In addition, the modern naturally lit halls provide the optimal transit route to guide the stream of visitors through the fairground's Boulevard. The Northern Halls connect ideally with Congress Centres North and East. In the future, visitors of the trade fair will enter via Entrance North, which offers numerous parking facilities in the immediate vicinity, as well as Entrance East. Entrance East connects conveniently with the Inter City Express (ICE) train station, the public transport hub "Köln Messe/Deutz" station and the tram station "Koelnmesse".

The newly developed exhibition concept is specifically targeted to ensure that decision-makers from municipalities and sporting associations, as well as the many international visitors, will have more time for an extensive fair visit and the exchange of information. Parallel to this, in cooperation with national sports and municipal associations, the specialist supporting programme will address current industry topics in greater depth, with special focus on issues important for municipalities and sports clubs.
Throughout the fair, numerous "action areas", as well as individual trade events complement the offer in the halls. Some of these include the ISS solar skating rink, the "Soccer and More" football field, the "FIBA - World of Basketball" and the "Trampoline Variety by Eurotramp".

The German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) advises on sports facilities

FSB's partner associations in the field of sports facilities include DOSB (Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund/German Olympic Sports Confederation), Landessportbund NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia Sports Federation), BSI/Bundesverband der Deutschen Sportartikel-Industrie (Association for the German Sporting Goods Industry) with Gütegemeinschaft Sportgeräte e.V (German Institute for Quality Assurance in Sports Equipment), ADS-Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Sportämter e.V. (German Municipal Sports Departments and Sports Associations Working Group) as well as FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) and FIBA (International Basketball Federation).
Together with the sports federations of the states of Hessen, North Rhine-Westphalia and Wurttemberg, as well as the Federal Sports Research Institute (Bundesinstitut für Sportwissenschaft), the DOSB will present itself at its own fair stand in Hall 7 once more. Consultation offers for sports facilities will be the focus and include topics like resource-saving modernisation, renovation and new construction of sports centres, as well as concepts for sustainable sports facility management.

Federal Association of Playground Equipment and Recreational Facilities Manufacturers (BSFH) with two focal topics in Hall 9

The new FSB concept and the move to the modern North Halls allow Hall 9 to be used for the first time as a themed hall for the amenity areas, playground equipment and outdoor fitness sectors where numerous exhibitors will present their products, projects and services for planning and design of open spaces, specifically organised with concepts such as municipal planning and urban design, areas for play, spaces for exercise, demographic change and mobility in mind.

In addition to its presentation as an industry association and as a meeting point for all questions on the topics of playgrounds, playground safety and outdoor fitness, in 2015 BSFH sets a new tone with the BSFH FORUM's themed areas. In cooperation with the "Playground@Landscape" magazine and supported by the German Towns and Municipalities Association, a practice-orientated specialist programme will take place on 28 and 29 October in Hall 9, with the topics of "Cities and municipalities get people moving: Fitness parcourse in Cologne's public space" as well as "Security on playgrounds".

Based on experiences from FSB 2013, which had the appealing implementation options for outdoor fitness in amenity areas as its topic, Koelnmesse, the City of Cologne and especially the Cologne Sports and Parks Department, the Cologne Green Foundation, as well as BSFH have developed a concept of a model fitness parcourse. An attractive and well-visited section of Cologne's green ring has received a parcourse with exercise equipment for people of all generations. The fitness trail will be featured as a theme of FSB in October, and besides offering direct visits, it will be the topic of a half-day workshop on 28 October 2015.

BSFH- / Playground@Landscape FORUM for municipal decision-makers

Towns and municipalities get people moving — An exercise parcours in open spaces in Cologne


28 October 2015 / Hall 9.1 E 20/F 21


MOVING words of greeting

10:00–10.30 a.m.

Uwe Lübking (DStGB) –
A city in motion


MOVEMENT – Practical examples

10:30-11:00 a.m.

Dieter Sanden (Department of Sports, Cologne) – Sports and recreational areas: The vision of the city of Cologne

11:00–11:30 a.m.


Dr. Joachim Bauer (Office of Landscape Management and Parks, City of Cologne) –
Creating a fitness parcours in Cologne’s Green Belt
- A joint project of the Department of Sports and the Parks Department of the City of Cologne, in cooperation with the Kölner Grünstiftung
- Documentation of the project work, including sponsorship/implementation

12:00 noon–12:30 p.m.


Beatrice Bülter (Kölner Grünstiftung) –
Why is a foundation sponsoring outdoor sports?

12:30–1:00 p.m


Ulrich Scheffler (Lappset GmbH) / Steffen Strasser (Playparc GmbH) – Choosing equipment for a fitness parcours

1:00-4:00 p.m.


From practitioners to practitioners:
A bus ride to the fitness parcours in Cologne’s Green Belt:
Sabine Rauchschwalbe (landscape architect, Office of Landscape Management and Parks, City of Cologne) –
Special aspects of planning from the perspective of a landscape architect

Join in and MOVE /
Après exercise: “Kölsch un Halver Hahn”.



Playing safely in public playgrounds

29 October 2015 / Hall 9.1 E 20/F 21

Safety management

11:00-11:45 a.m.

Friedrich Blume (Deula Westfalen-Lippe GmbH) -
“Safety checks of playground equipment according to

12:00 noon-12:45 p.m.


Franz Danner (TÜV-Product Service GmbH) -
“Risk assessment and the effects of standards and type examinations
on playground safety.”

1:00-1:45 p.m.


Peter Schraml (Massstab Mensch) -
“The certified playground tester – The training program
according to DIN SPEC 79 161“

2:00-2:45 p.m.


Karl Köhler (Berliner Seilfabrik GmbH & Co. KG) -

Urban Ropescapes – “Safety requirements placed on rope play equipment .”




Playground Trends

30 October 2015 / Hall 9.1 E 20/F 21




Friedrich Blume (Deula Westfalen-Lippe GmbH) - 
“Safety inspection of playground equipment in compliance with


Maria Feske, state-approved health care support worker -
“The inclusive playground – a play area for everyone” 


Steffen Strasser (playparc Allwetter-Freizeit-Anlagenbau GmbH) - 
“Fitness trails in public space”
Towns and municipalities encourage citizens to get out and get moving (DStGB-Dok. 127)


Ulrich Scheffler (Lappset Spiel-, Park-, Freizeitsysteme GmbH) - 
“The Cologne Green Belt – Trend of new neighbourhood design and improvement”


Photo: kölnmesse gmbH

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