A new park is to be built on Wrocław’s Kępa Mieszczańska Island after the city council officially signed a deal to purchase 4 hectares of land from the Military Property Agency.
According to Gazeta Wrocławska, the park will be constructed in the northern part of the island between ul. Mieszczańska and ul. Dmowskiego. The city council will pay around 6 million złoty for the land on the island as well as another plot near ul. Zwycięska.
We bought both plots from the army at a discount. It is a unique thing in the country to find a 4-hectare plot in the heart of the metropolis that can be used for public greenery and recreational areas. The new park in Kępa Mieszczańska could be our Central Park. By comparison, the new park on Kępa Island will be twice the size of the Staromiejski park.
Jacek Sutryk, President of Wrocław
Marcin Radlak, one of the community leaders who has been campaigning for the park, says that residents are keen for the green area to have plenty of trees as well as walking paths, benches, lighting, a playground, outdoor gym, city beach and a pier.
The preliminary plans outlined by the city last month incorporated a fair amount of the above proposals, with the emphasis very much on sport and leisure. A basketball court is planned, as are a petanque court and tables for playing chess. On top of that, the proposed designs include an observation tower and water features.
Activists campaigning for the park initially had their proposal rejected as the city did not own the land. They did not give up however, and lobbied the city to buy the land before property developers could turn it into a privately owned space. Now the area will be open to all and the park is expected to be ready in a few years.