Project to create public spaces connected into a ring in the historic Schneider’s Green Belt.
An initiative project took place on the territory of the historic Schneider’s Green Belt, which was founded in the city 100 years ago on the basis of a rampart (fortification) ring. The implementation of the project ensures the restoration and strengthening of the ecological carcass of the city and an increase of green areas, the creation of a multi-kilometer walking route, the formation of open multifunctional public spaces that are geographically accessible from different parts of the city, stimulates the development of eco-mobility, event activity, and the development of small business.
The process of creating space and venues for cultural events in the Park Ring may involve citizens (especially residents of adjacent areas) and integrate local communities.
One of spatial goals of the project was formation of a single looped network of green public spaces (parks), provided with pedestrian, eco-mobile, recreational infrastructure. To achieve that organizers need to change urban planning documents (General Plan, Land use and development rules) and strategy in favor of eco-mobility and livability.
Alongside the cultural and spatial programmes there was a need for research and data collection about the territory. Organizers wanted to promote the idea and increase public participation in urban planning and development. Project was to strengthen the activist community, increase its expertise and to develop constructive relations between citizens, city authorities and developers.
The concept of Park Ring was created. It refers to a network of interconnected public spaces based on Schneider’s green belt. The project attracted attention of citizens and authorities to the idea.
Nature of the project (initiative, volunteer work) is often related to lack of professional competencies and specialist knowledge. Also lack of funds may cause many difficulties.