Three cities – one destination

Three cities – one destination

Pomorska Regionalna Organizacja Turystyczna [Pomorskie Regional Tourist Organisation] launched a promotional campaign of the Tricity – “Three cities, one destination”. Each of these cities has its own distinct character and provides tourists with a different experience. Together they create a unique atmosphere.

The unusual arrangement of the three adjoining cities is a great asset of the Tricity, a feature that has been accentuated in the new promotional campaign. Instead of one holiday destination, you can enjoy three of them simultaneously. The Tricity with its unusual location provides tourists with many experiences, and each city offers different attractions. Each town also has a slightly different character, although all of them share the same seaside location. Gdańsk, promoting the image of itself as a city that is open onto the world, attracts with its rich history. However, Gdańsk also delights with new, fashionable venues, modern architecture which complements the historical buildings, and a rich cultural and sports activities offering. Sopot, for over than a century regarded as one of the most fashionable seaside resorts, attracts tourists longing for walks along the sweeping expanse of sandy beaches, for the atmosphere of seaside towns, small cosy pubs and cafes and the constant murmur of the sea. Gdynia, the youngest of the three – a city born of the sea and dreams, with its distinctive modernist architecture, full of green parks and happy residents.
At the beginning of the summer season, the Pomorska Regionalna Organizacja Turystyczna (PROT) released a video clip promoting the 3 cities: Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot. The video was shot by the Poland By Locals team and the Smooth Ads Studio, and the song was written especially for the campaign by the band Lady Killer, in collaboration with Piotr Spychała and Arkadiusz Tyda.

“The underlying concept of the campaign is to present Tricity as a place where residents enjoy a high standard of living and to provide some ideas for leisure time activities throughout the year. With this campaign and video we wish to demonstrate how much Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia have to offer jointly – at least three times as much as anywhere else” – explains PROT on its website.

The video clip shows distinctive landmarks in the Tricity area, as well as a new Tricity mural, a project which is currently underway, and which can be seen at 295 Grunwaldzka Avenue in Gdańsk. The graphic effects were created by a Gdańsk artist Piotr “Tuse” Jaworski.
The campaign is aimed at the younger audiences and therefore all communication will be conducted on social media. Advertising banners and posts will redirect to the website www.trojmiasto.pomorskie.travel that will feature the tourist deals of PROT’s partners, competition forms and event maps. The first competition is already open for entries and here the participants will be asked to describe their favourite spot in the Tricity which has not been included in the promotional video. The most interesting description will be rewarded with a voucher to the value of PLN 600, to be redeemed at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Gdańsk.

The Ocean Race Europe Prologue in Gdynia

Four ocean-going VO65 class yachts could be seen competing in Gdynia. The boats taking part in the first leg of The Ocean Race Europe Prologue arrived in Gdynia from Klaipeda. The crews were stationed here for three days, during which they held four inshore races for the Mayor of Gdynia Cup within the Bay of Gdańsk.

The boats departed from Klaipeda on 10 May, starting their first leg of The Ocean Race Europe Prologue. Four crews took part in the race – Lithuania’s Ambersail 2, Team Childhood 1 from the Netherlands, Ocean Racing Team from Austria and a Polish team from Sailing Poland. The Polish crew was the first to arrive in the port of Gdynia. The battle for second place went on until the very end. Finally, the Lithuanian yacht Ambersail2 won it. During their three-day stay in Gdynia, the vessels also competed in four inshore races for the Mayor of Gdynia Cup, which also went to the Sailing Poland crew.

– This is a momentous event in the history of Gdynia and Polish sailing. This is the first time that the high-speed racing yachts VO65 have arrived in our city – comments Tomasz Chamera, the President of the Polish Sailing Association and Vice-President of World Sailing. And he adds: – We, as the Polish Sailing Association, will always support such initiatives. This is a great promotion, which helps to make sailing more popular, especially among young sailors, who can gain experience from veterans of transoceanic racing and, above all, have fun with sailing, proving to themselves and others that this is a great sports activity for developing a wide range of skills.

Marek Łucyk, Deputy Mayor of Gdynia for Development, pointed out the city’s close ties with sailing.

– I am proud that once again we can host such excellent sailors and a top-class regatta in Gdynia. I appreciate the great commitment of all those who have contributed to the success, which is undoubtedly the creation of such a strong Polish race crew and getting a yacht, that is closely associated with our city, ready for competition. Knowing the professionalism and perseverance of Mr Tomasz Chamera, the President, I am convinced that a lot of good things are still in store for us, as far as sailing and Gdynia are concerned – he added.

The crews left Gdynia on 12 May, thus completing the Gdańsk Bay leg of the race. The yachts set off for Stockholm, passing the turning point marker buoy in Sopot on the way. The route of The Ocean Race Europe Prologue continued through Cascais, Alicante and on to Genoa, where the yachts arrived on 13 June. The regatta is a prelude to the European leg of the world’s toughest fully crewed circumnavigation race, which starts on 27 May in Lorient, France.

photo: The Ocean Race Prologue Gdynia /// fot. M.Urbaniak/gdyniasport.pl

Let’s explore Gdynia

Let’s explore Gdynia

Where to go for a walk, what to see, what exhibitions to visit and what dishes to try. A new city guide to Gdynia that promises to unveil the wonders of the city is now available. Residents will also benefit from practical suggestions for interesting leisure activities in the city.

The new “Przewodnik po Gdyni [Gdynia city guide]” is available in Polish and English. It was prepared in two interactive versions – for mobile devices and for the computer. The publication provides links next to the described places and events, which take you directly to the website, Facebook profile or location on Google Maps. The publication will also be published in a printed version.
The guidebook describes 12 of Gdynia’s most important attractions. It also includes tips for exploring the city over the weekend. Two routes were prepared which can be completed in one day. If someone would like to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, Gdynia offers many such opportunities. Beautiful beaches, mysterious cliffs and moraine hills of the Tri-City Landscape Park and numerous parks encourage relaxation. Gdynia is also tempting from the culinary point of view. Restaurants offer dishes from virtually every part of the world. There will also be plenty of regional Kashubian dishes prepared in a contemporary style.

– “Przewodnik po Gdyni [Gdynia city guide]” is the latest in a new series of publications promoting the city. The items we recommended include some of the greatest Gdynia attractions as well as lesser-known symbols of maritime Gdynia and plenty of interesting facts that will give you a fresh perspective on the city. One could not fail to mention the Kashubian roots of Gdynia or the ‘ships on land’, namely the pearls of Gdynia’s modernism. Gdynia also has kilometres of beautiful, sandy beaches and magnificent forests, which constitute 46% of its area, and as many as four nature reserves, which is why we particularly encourage people to actively use the educational paths, the walking and cycling trails or visit the Forest Botanical Garden in Marszewo – said Katarzyna Gruszecka-Spychała, the Deputy Mayor of Gdynia for Economy.

The guide tells us what makes Gdynia special and what makes the city highly rated in rankings assessing the quality of life. The city also offers many attractions for the youngsters, so families will find plenty of ideas for entertaining their children. Older visitors will probably be interested in the extensive cultural offer and the list of the most important recurrent events organised in the city. Gdynia hosts cultural events that are known nationwide and abroad, and which annually attract many visitors to the city. But the city also creates excellent conditions for the development of entrepreneurship, with a thriving service sector for business. The publication moreover includes plenty of practical information on how to get around the city as well as some useful contacts. A major asset of the guide are the beautiful photographs and the modern graphic design, consistent with previous publications about the city. The publication also includes a mention of the Śródmieście Morskie/Sea City as one of the most important investments in the city.

It is really well worth taking a walk around Gdynia with a Guide.

Gdynia’s Green ferry terminal

Gdynia’s Green ferry terminal

A new ferry terminal, equipped to receive large cruise ships, located at the Polish Quay in Gdynia will be ready in June, Port of Gdynia Authority has announced. An additional advantage of the new investment is the possibility to supply ships with electricity while at berth. The Port of Gdynia is the first in Poland to introduce this innovative system, thus following the „green port” principle.

This is the largest investment the Port has made in 50 years. The historic Polish Quay was demolished and replaced by a new quay with the necessary infrastructure. The terminal building has already been constructed, as well as a ramp for mooring vessels with a length of up to 240 m, which is the target size for ferries serviced on the Baltic market. The first ships will be able to enter the Port in September this year.

Vessels remaining in the harbour will be powered by electricity, so that the engines can be turned off, which will reduce noise levels, eliminate vibrations, but above all will have a positive impact on air quality. Indeed, studies have shown that 10 hours of electricity use in port by a large cruise ship reduces emissions of CO2 by 22 tonnes, nitrogen oxides by 1.4 tonnes and sulphur oxides by 1.2 tonnes.
This technology was first used in 2004 at the Port of Los Angeles in the United States. The system is already in place in the Swedish ports of Karlskrona, Gothenburg and Stockholm. This year, this ecological solution will also be applied in Gdynia.

– A thriving business combined with care for the environment is nowadays a standard which attracts new customers. When making strategic investments, we must not forget about the surrounding environment. The construction of the Public Terminal in Gdynia is a large-scale undertaking, which we are implementing as part of sustainable development – comments Adam Meller, President of the Management Board of the Port of Gdynia Authority.

The shore-side power supply for the vessels will have a capacity of up to 3.5 MW, thus allowing the ferry’s batteries to be recharged quickly without the need to turn on the diesel engines. The Gdynia port will also be able to receive vessels with full electric propulsion.
The Port of Gdynia is a base node of the trans-European TEN-T network and a category A port. It is one of the two Polish seaports that is linked to Sweden by the Gdynia-Karlskrona Motorway. It plays a key role in the Baltic-Adriatic corridor and is one of the 9 key Transport Corridors of the TEN-T network.

The location of the Public Ferry Terminal at the Polish Quay will provide a connection to the most important local and national roads, which are an important element of the transport corridor for international trade. The value of the investment is approximately PLN 292 million, of which the EU co-financing amounts to PLN 116,837,137.67.

Photo: Tadeusz Urbaniak / www.port.gdynia.pl / mat. prasowe

The construction of the second stage of the Waterfront complex in Gdynia to begin

The construction of the second stage of the Waterfront complex in Gdynia to begin

Vastint Poland is about to start the construction of another stage of the Waterfront complex. The investor has signed a general contractor agreement for the first part with Budimex SA. Four buildings with an underground garage will be erected at ul. Hryniewickiego, close to Kościuszko Square.

The investment planned is a continuation of the first stage of the Waterfront complex commissioned in 2015, consisting of two buildings accommodating offices/hotel functions, located directly next to Nabrzeże Prezydenta. The existing buildings will be extended by an additional 80,000 square meters of residential, office, and commercial space. The first stage of works is to commence soon in May. Four buildings covering a total area of 45,000 square meters are to be built first. The works will start with developing a section of the plot next to ul. Hryniewickiego, saving the access road to the Marriott Hotel from ul. Jana Pawła II.

Along ul. Waszyngtona, two office buildings with 14,500 square meters of leasable area, whereas two residential buildings, which will accommodate 126 residential and commercial premises, will be constructed and situated behind them. The general contractor plans to commence basic construction works in May 2021. The investment is scheduled to be finished in 2023.

An office building, commercial premises, two hotels with conference space, and various public and cultural facilities, including a cinema with eight screening rooms, will be built during the next stage. A publicly-accessible square adjacent to Skwer Kościuszko, where public life will be conducted, is a crucial development element. The entire complex will be supplemented by urban green space, which will add a coastal vibe and emphasize the diversity of the project’s functional zones. The investor is to finish designing this part of the complex in the upcoming months.

photo Vastint Poland

Gdynia takes care of the environment

Gdynia takes care of the environment

Gdynia has committed itself to improving the condition of its environment, i.e. caring for air and water quality, waste management, combating noise pollution and supporting biodiversity. It was the first city in Poland to join the Green City Accord, a European initiative committing cities to improve their environment.

The Green City Accord is an initiative set up in October 2020 by the European Commission to encourage cities across Europe to care for the environment and to adopt the same high environmental standards. The Green City Accord is an agreement whereby local authorities voluntarily commit to taking action towards achieving a clean environment. The signatories commit to designing cities where residents breathe clean air, enjoy clean water, have access to green spaces and where they are not exposed to high volumes of noise pollution. Closed-loop waste management is also among the priorities.

– The ideas behind the Green City Accord are one of our priorities for urban management. We are therefore the first in Poland to join this agreement of European local governments. Today, urban development must involve being open to innovation, implementing solutions that protect nature and the climate. Caring for the environment, especially in urban areas, is one of the greatest challenges facing us and future generations. The fact that development must go hand in hand with ecology was noted years ago. In Gdynia, we pay attention to how to conduct urban initiatives and investments and design new spaces with the local environment in mind. We carry out stormwater management, conduct thermal performance upgrades of buildings, support and promote renewable energy sources as well as conduct educational projects for children. We are not afraid of an innovative approach that will have a positive influence on our environment – says Michał Guć, Gdynia’s Deputy Mayor for Innovation.

So far, more than 20 European cities have signed the Green City Accord, including Oslo (Norway), Lahti, Turku and Helsinki (Finland), Lille (France), Zaragoza (Spain), Braga (Portugal) or Cesena (Italy). Gdynia is the first city in Poland to formulate ambitious environmental goals in collaboration with them in the coming years. Thanks to this partnership, Gdynia will be able to benefit from the experience of other local governments and count on their support, as well as gain access to technical expertise and to new project financing opportunities.

In recent years Gdynia has implemented many pro-ecological projects that improve the quality of the environment in the city. In the interest of air quality, the local government has for years been carrying out the process of phasing out the coal-fired boilers in municipal buildings and premises, as well as providing subsidies for the installation of low-emission heat sources in private facilities. Gdynia residents can also benefit from subsidies for the installation of renewable energy sources. Thermal performance upgrades of municipal buildings are carried out periodically. The local government is also investing in a modern and zero-emission fleet for Gdynia’s public transport. For several years, the local government has been consistently introducing green areas into the city. Wildflower meadows, pocket gardens, rain gardens, green roofs, green pedestrian walkways or hydrophytic plant ponds are being established. Residents can obtain funds from the city grants scheme to establish rain gardens. An innovative project was the establishment of a municipal apiary on the roof of the Gdynia City Hall building at al. Marszałka Piłsudskiego, and the “Birds are welcome in Gdynia” campaign is an annual environmental education project for the city residents thanks to which more nesting boxes and bird feeders are built every year.
The Green City Accord initiative is implemented by a consortium comprising Eurocities, ICLEI and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) with financial support from the European Union.

fot. mat. prasowy / ec.europa.eu

 

Pocket parks

Pocket parks

Four more pocket parks will be established in Gdynia. The residents of Grabówek, Pustki Cisowskie, Leszczynki and Pogórze will gain a green oasis in their districts thanks to the projects submitted and selected in the Civic Budget 2019.

Pocket parks are small green spaces created in urban areas. They introduce vegetation into built-up areas and provide a place of relaxation for residents. They foster social ties, increase biodiversity, enable residents to spend time outdoors and at the same time combat the effects of climate change. Two pocket parks have already been created in Gdynia – a herbal oasis at the junction of Miętowa and Tymiankowa Streets in Dąbrowa, and a green space at Starodworcowa Street in Wielki Kack. Four more are currently under construction.

– Pocket parks are part of the city’s green strategy. The new pockets will not only meet the residents’ expectations but also surprise them, as the designs are truly unique and very diverse. These extraordinary neighbourhood spaces will appear in our city by the end of 2021. They are being implemented as part of Gdynia’s Civic Budget, but also co-financed by some district councils – comments Marek Łucyk, Deputy Mayor of Gdynia for development.

The parks fit in with the current development of each district, so the sizes of the parks differ and the designs are also different. A park called „A pocket for a blanket” will be established in Pustki Cisowskie-Demptowo. It will be developed for visitors of all age groups, including people with disabilities. Its character should remind of a picnic spot, a family atmosphere in a forest setting.

A „Pocket on the Wave [Kieszonka na fali]” park will be constructed in Morska Street. Its design draws on the city’s coastal character. Flower meadows with melliferous plants will be created here, providing shelter for beneficial insects. The geometry of the park space will be fluid, as if undulating, which is to evoke associations with the seaside character of Gdynia and the waves rushing ashore. There will also be mini rain gardens.
The seaside landscape will also provide inspiration for the park located in Grabówek in Kapitańska Street. The covering of composite boards will resemble a pier and the sandy surfaces will remind of a beach, surrounded by vegetation consisting mainly of ornamental grasses.
A „Space Pocket [Kosmiczna kieszonka]” park will be built in Pogórze. This project is inspired by outer space. It will include squares symbolising stars made of luminescent concrete, that glow after dark. A telescope will be set up in the park to enable observation of the night sky.
Residents will be able to enjoy the beauty of these small parks later this year. In all the spaces, the residents will find one common element that unites them – the enigmatic symbol. It will take a different form in each location. It will therefore be worth to take a walk, visit the new parks and discover these mysterious symbols.

photo: UM Gdynia

Port of Gdynia with a record result

Port of Gdynia with a record result

The Port of Gdynia closed 2020 with an excellent result. The dockers handled 24 million tonnes of cargo. This is a 2.9 percent improvement on the 2019 performance.

As the Port of Gdynia announced on its facebook profile, in 2020 it achieved the highest level of cargo handling in its history, beating last year’s record. In December 2020, 1,959.0 thousand tonnes were handled, an increase of 10.7% compared to the result for the same period in 2019. The highest growth rate can be seen in grain handling, with 68.6% for the 12 months. Container handling also increased – by 0.9% year-on-year.

– This is a very significant increase at a time of the global pandemic and economic downturn. This fact best demonstrates the excellent efficiency and effectiveness of terminals operating within the Port of Gdynia, as well as the consistent implementation of the development strategy of Port of Gdynia Authority S.A. – says Adam Meller, the President of the Management Board of Port of Gdynia Authority S.A.

The reason for such good results given by the Port of Gdynia is, among others, the improvement of infrastructure, including the modernisation of railway lines and construction of new sections of motorways and express roads, which increases the attractiveness of the Polish terminals.

The Port of Gdynia is carrying out many investments to further increase its efficiency. The value of its investments is estimated at PLN 4 billion. Among the work being carried out is the dredging of the approach track and internal basins, the reconstruction of quays, the construction of a Public Ferry Terminal and the reconstruction of the railway infrastructure.

photo: Port Gdynia

ArchiBox – the tale of modernism

ArchiBox – the tale of modernism

A new venue showcasing the icons of the city’s modernist heritage was established in Gdynia. And more importantly, it is accessible directly from the street. The examples of modernism presented in the ArchiBox can be viewed through the window. An excellent idea for the time of the pandemic.

Gdynia’s efforts to look after the modernist architecture of the city have been appreciated on numerous occasions. The comprehensive programme for the protection and promotion of modernism was also appreciated by the National Heritage Institute, which singled out the city in the „Local Government for Heritage” competition. The initiative rewards municipalities for developing and implementing comprehensive national heritage buildings care programmes. Gdynia attracted the attention of the jury with its pioneering activities in recognising and promoting the significance of its modernist buildings.

A new venue where modernist architecture in the city is brought closer to the public is the ArchiBox, located in a small, glazed pavilion between the observation tower and the InfoBox. The exposition has been arranged in such a way that it can be viewed directly from the street, through the large windows. This particular way of spatial arrangement was the idea of Marek Stępa, head of the Heritage Protection Department at the Gdynia City Hall.

„ArchiBox is a venue which forms part of the familiar InfoBox, well known to Gdynia’s residents, and where we intend to show Gdynia’s modernism in a variety of ways. We wish to showcase the top achievements, the most interesting buildings and their designers. We also would like to demonstrate their links to the most iconic achievements of European and world modernism. This venue is intended to serve not only the residents of Gdynia but also all of the Gdynia visitors. We will be following the inspiring concepts and ideas. We will focus on showcasing both the most famous and the lesser known buildings which are worth seeing. We also want to strengthen Gdynia’s residents awareness of the significance of this kind of architecture. We know that the number of people who come to Gdynia to learn about modernism is growing. Gdynia is ideally suited for the study and appreciation of modernism in architecture,” says Marek Stępa, head of the Heritage Protection Department at the Gdynia City Hall.

The exhibition is decorated with a characteristic neon sign representing two ocean liners on the sea, lit by the rays of the setting sun. The project refers to the minimalist style of pre-war graphics. It was designed by the Warsaw artist Maurycy Gomulicki and commissioned by the curatorial team of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews for the exhibition „Gdynia – Tel Aviv”. The project refers to the shipping history of the city, from where dozens of ships left Poland to arrive at many world ports. In the December dusk, a colourful neon sign illuminated the space between the InfoBox and the viewing tower.

Archibox was established in cooperation with the Museum of the City of Gdynia, the AOS Studio of Architecture and Wytwórnia Studniak. Currently, a part of the exposition prepared for the exhibition „Gdynia – Tel Aviv” has been put on display.

photo: Karolina Szypelt /UM Gdynia

Sunrise at the Marine Station

Sunrise at the Marine Station

On 8 December, the modernist building of the Marine Station will celebrate its 87th birthday. Put into use in 1933, it served city residents and tourists for many a decade. The station was a witness to joyful moments and numerous tragic events. Every year, on the building’s opening anniversary, great birthday celebrations used to be organised. This year, due to sanitary reasons, we will celebrate it differently.

The architecture of the station was prepared in 1932 by the Dyckerhoff & Widmann SA company, and the building was officially put into use as soon as on 8 December 1933. The facade of the station has clear features of modernist architecture, with references to the so-called Polish Art Deco style. During that time, it was one of the most modern facilities of this type in Europe. The use of fine finishing materials, i.e. ceramic tiles, bent balustrades, glazings, proved to be timeless and has been enchanting the viewers with their universalism to this day.

The building used to consist of two parts, namely, of a passenger hall and a transit warehouse. The main structure of the station housed an information point, ticket offices, a post office, a luggage room, doctors’ offices, restaurants and waiting rooms. On the warehouse’s lower floor, there were further areas intended for luggage. On the upper floor covered with arched roof, there was a luggage hall and a passenger check-in hall.
Until the outbreak of the war, hundreds of thousands of people passed through the building. In the interwar period it was also where New Year’s Eve balls and sports events used to be organised. The role of the station did not change following the war; however, the sea passenger traffic was not as high as it once was. The building’s heyday ended in 1988, when “Stefan Batory”, the last Polish ocean liner, set off on its ultimate voyage. The renovation of the station commenced in 2013, and it was decided that the Emigration Museum would be established under its very roof so as to commemorate the extraordinary history of the building that witnessed numerous tragic events and accompanied many people in their last journey whilst they were leaving the country. The museum’s exhibition was officially opened in May of 2015. This very facility is the first one in Poland to present the collections, narrations and stories devoted to the fate of Polish emigrants and the achievements of the Polish diaspora scattered all over the world.

This year, for the celebrations of the Marine Station’s birthday, the Emigration Museum has recorded a radio drama the events of which are set in the historic building in… 2040. Anna Wakulik, the author of the text, presents the interwoven fates of the protagonists of the audio play who are connected by means of dynamic relationships. The radio drama entitled “Jeszcze jeden wschód słońca” [“One more sunrise”] will be available starting from 8 December on Emigration Museum’s YouTube channel.

Photo: Chris Niedenthal