One of the goals defined in the ‘2025 plus Zawiercie Development Strategy’ is the expansion of the residential and tourist base in the town. Recently, local authorities have decided to improve the quality of greenery which will in turn improve the quality of life. Urban greenery serves numerous functions from leisure (walks, play activities with children, sports) to ecology (air purification, reducing air temperature). But we want the town to consider inhabitants’ opinions and needs in these ventures, too.
Hence, we will engage them, along with local leaders, representatives of institutions and organisations functioning in the town as well as councillors in the discussion concerning the functions and development form of two parks located downtown, namely Tadeusz Kościuszko Park and OSiR Park, which due to their location and historic character are important for both the authorities and inhabitants. During municipal events we will organise in these parks public consultation points. Consultations will include exploratory walks and presentation of Blue-Green Infrastructure (BGI). We will also run workshops aiming at inventorying each park and defining both the potential and challenges of the discussed space. We will provide local authorities with findings of the consultation.
The first partner to our project the Alta company of Iceland specialising in the implementation of participative and planning solutions, including BGI. We will pay a study visit to them to familiarise ourselves with new methods and best practices of urban participation. Our second partner – Zawiercie commune – will let us use their venues and equipment and will help us run consultations.