Eurasia Regional Section of the World organization "United Cities and Local Governments"

Novosibirsk creates a unique park on the swamp

Novosibirsk creates a unique park on the swamp

On September 14, the governments of Novosibirsk presented a project, unparalleled in Russia, on creating a unique park in Dzerzhinsk District. Future visitors are promised eco-trails, bike paths, playgrounds, sports grounds and landscaping along the Kamenka River.

The future park will be located on the territory of Dzerzhinsk District with an area of 20 hectares. On the initiative of citizens, the idea to turn this unkempt and neglected territory into a park zone has come up. "Today we are doing everything to join the national project to create a comfortable urban environment with this object", said Mayor of Novosibirsk Anatoly Lokot. "A design project for the future park has already been created, design and estimate documentation has been developed and an application has been submitted to the federal center for funding next year. The uniqueness of this site, according to the participants of the meeting, is that the Kamenka River will not be enclosed in a collector, but on the contrary, they plan to open it as much as possible, creating a comfortable walking recreational area and, if possible, bicycle paths", Anatoly Lokot said.

"In fact, this will be the first park in the Russian Federation built on the flooded territory. There are such examples only abroad, and we will be the first in the country under the supervision of the Ministry of Construction of Russia," explained Anna Tereshkova, Vice-Mayor of Novosibirsk. About 400 metal garages have already been dismantled from the territory, there are still a little more than a hundred left. In addition, the issue of improving the swampy part of the green zone and transforming the local vegetation will be worked out.

"Willows are well represented along the Kamenka River, we leave them and only clear passages to the shore. Somewhere we will make meadows, somewhere lawns, somewhere decorative design", said Svetlana Gizhitskaya, Head of the Landscaping Division of the Project Directorate of the Culture, Sports and Youth Policy Department.

In addition, the project of a landscape park in the floodplain of the Kamenka River provides for children's and sports grounds, pedestrian bridges, as well as the installation of sports equipment rental pavilions, cafes and toilets.

Remarks by UCLG-Eurasia:

It is worth noting that this project is a contribution to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, namely:

-        SDG 11.3 By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacities for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries;

-        SDG 11.7 By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, particularly for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities;

-        SDG 15 "Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss".

It is important that the project is being implemented on the initiative of citizens and the governments of Novosibirsk take into account the opinion of their residents. It is also worth noting that green areas not only contribute to improving the air and environmental situation, but also create a natural shade and have a cooling effect. And this, in turn, has a positive effect on reducing the greenhouse effect. In addition, park areas allow you to prevent flooding during heavy precipitation due to the absorption of excess moisture.



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