Prague plans to renovate parks and ponds

The city will create two new ponds and new forest areas this year

Prague is investing approximately Kč 90 million in park and pond renovations this year. Two-thirds of the funds are for parks and one-third is for dredging ponds and building two new ones.

Parks, gardens and public greenery in the Prague occupy some 4,465 hectares, and an additional 5,000 hectares are in forests, of which 2,900 hectares are city-owned.

Prague will build two new artificial ponds this year. The smaller pond at Hvězda will cost Kč 3 million. The larger is being built at the former floodplain of Libušský potok (Libuš Stream) in Modřany. It will cost some Kč 8 million.

The city will restore Prokopský potok, a pond in Horní Počernice and three ponds in Lítožnice.

Some Kč 20.5 million will be spent on the park area near the Petřín Tower. Work should be completed by the summer. The project includes upgrading the greenery, replacing asphalt pavement, repair of the Cavalry chapels and improvements to the Květnice section, where underground exhibition spaces will be built.

In nearby Kinského zahrada (Kinský Garden), the city wants to restore a nut orchard.

A park in Dívčí hrady in Prague 5 will get new trees and replanted meadows. Other renovations such as new paths and a playground will require permits before they can be made.

Planting in V Panenkách, a new forest between Běchovice and Újezd nad Lesy, will be completed, Another new forest will be created in Satalice.

The forests and important parks in Prague are owned by the city-owned company Lesy hl. m. Prahy. It also looks after larger rows of trees in streets, waterways and reservoirs. The company also operates greenhouses and other facilities to grow plants to be transplanted. It was founded in 1992 and employs approximately 240 people and dozens of others who do part-time “birgade” work.

The city also has separate plans for renovations in Výstaviště in Holešovice.

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