Gdynia residents gained a new place to meet and relax surrounded by thousands of flowers, trees and shrubs. On 28 August this year, the first section of the Central Park located between Legionów and Tetmajera Streets and Marszałka Piłsudskiego Avenue was put into use.
The first section of the park is dedicated to calm recreation. Its physical activity zone offers eight sets of outdoor exercise equipment to improve one’s form. Dog owners received a perfect area for their pets, furnished with an agility course. There are chess tables here, a boules area was provided for as well. Gardening enthusiasts will be able to pursue their passion, as the park offers space designated for their own cultivations.
“We were particularly set on handing this area over to the residents for use as first, because during the public consultation preceding the Central Park construction people from Gdynia requested for extending the investment project so that it would cover also the area between Legionów and Tetmajera Streets,” Wojciech Szczurek, the Mayor of Gdynia, says. “We dedicate this space to calm recreation. I hope, I am positive, the residents will like it. Our intention is to make it a place of meetings, rest, family plays, ambling and activities allowing to calm down in the hustle and bustle of the city.”
In this section of the park, 29 new trees, almost 9 thousand shrubs and 4 thousand flowers, including as much as 2 and a half thousand tulips, were planted. The lawns cover 7.5 thousand square meters.
The park was also designed with the comfort of disabled people in mind. Path surfaces include tactile paving for the blind, benches have armrests to make it easier for elderly people to get up. A person in a wheelchair can use a chess table unhindered and people growing plants in the community garden have access to running water. The park offers also two drinking water fountains and a water trough for animals.
“The marvellous thing about this park is that everyone can find here space for themselves and for activities allowing them to relax and rest. Our intent was to create a place attractive for all age groups both in landscape and functional terms and I am sure we have succeeded,” Marek Łucyk adds, the Deputy Mayor of Gdynia responsible for development.
The next stage of the project will begin in September and cover the area between Legionów Street and the pavilion nearby the existing skatepark.
fot. Kamil Złoch/Urząd Miasta Gdyni