Farmers market remains open at Náplavka

Conflicting information about the renovation work has left many confused

The farmers market at Náplavka on Rašínovo nábřeží will be operating on its normal schedule, despite planned work to renovate the cubicles in the retaining wall and improve infrastructure.

The marker is open on Saturdays from 8 am to 2 pm, except during winter.

The first renovation work at Rašínovo nábřeží, which began on April 16, concern the cubicles in the embankment wall. This work will not affect the Saturday markets’ overall operation, according to the organizers.

“Planned revitalization of Náplavka should not concern the farmers' markets, as the markets take place in an area that is not under renovation. There is no limitation on planned events. The closest is the festival of rose and claret wine, Růžový máj, which will be held between the Railway Bridge and the Vyšehrad Rock on May 19 from 10 am till 9 pm,” said Jiri Sedlacek of the market operating company Archetyp.

According to property management firm Trade Center Praha, there will be a small narrowing right at the entrance to the farmer's market, due to a 20 square meter construction site in front of one of the wall cubicles at the level where the markets begin. However, this will have no effect on the sales outlets or shoppers.

Prague City Hall also assures the visitors to Rašínovo nábřeží there will be with minimal interruptions to normal life on the waterfront. “The restrictions concern only three businesses and only the wall cubicles and the smaller area in front of them. This means that the renovation will not effect of the visitors practically, and people will be able to use boats and attend classic events, such as the farmers' markets or the Primátorky boat race,” Prague City Hall spokesman Vít Hofman said.

The farmers market at Náplavka, first held in 2010, has become a favorite spot for Prague residents and tourists. It offers fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, poultry, fish and other ingredients for cooking, as well as baked goods, prepared food and beverages. It is a member of the Asociace farmářských tržišť ČR, an association that maintains a code of rules for organizing farmers markets.

The work that is finally beginning at Rašínovo nábřeží was approved in February 2017 but postponed due to technical delays.

The city says the area lacks the needed infrastructure such as benches, toilets and waste containers for the large crowds in the warm months.

The work at Rašínovo nábřeží will mainly concern the renovation of 12 cubicles set into the stone retaining walls under the upper-level street. Most of these rooms have long been disused and inaccessible to the general public. Some of the rooms will be turned into cafes and galleries. Other rooms will be turned into public bathrooms.

One of the users of the wall cubicles is not happy with the way the renovation work is scheduled, with the closures taking place in summer and not winter.

The bar and cafe Bajkazyl announced in early April over Facebook that it and similar establishments using cubicles had just been informed that it will have to be closed all season. “We are sorry, but unfortunately [the summer will be] without our cycling, music, theater, dance and children's programs,” Bajkazyl’s Facebook post said. They added that they do not know if they will be able to open next year after the renovations.

Bajkazyl caters to bike riders and offers some repair facilities as well. The name is a mix of bike and asylum.

For more information on the farmers market visit www.farmarsketrziste.cz.

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