Renovations to Stromovka to finish

A second phase of work will upgrade paths and fields

The city will finish renovations in Stromovka Park in Prague 7, following up on work that was done last year.

This year renovations will be made in the center of the wooded park. Roadways will be repaired, trees and shrubs will be planted and more benches will be added. The costs will amount to Kč 41 million.

Work should start in the summer and be completed in the fall unless there are complications with the tender, according to City Councilor Jana Plamínková (STAN/Three-party Coalition). Money to fund the renovations is in the city budget.

Last year, work took place on artificial lakes, with dredging and restoration of the shorelines with stones. That cost some Kč 9 million.

Due to the changes to the park's lakes, some paths will also be changed. Other paths will be renewed, with new benches and trash receptacles. There should also be the addition of trees and shrubs, and a renewal of the park's lawns. Additional significant work should not be needed in the park for several decades, aside from routine maintenance, Plamínková said.

Last year, aside from upgrading the existing lakes, a new lake was created on the site of the former Rudolfine lake. The land had often been waterlogged. Historical Art Nouveau handrails at an overlook point were repaired. A tunnel for a canal from the era of Emperor Rudolf II was also cleaned.

Stromovka for a long time was a royal game reserve and is one of the oldest parks in Prague. It was founded probably in 1268 by Přemysl Otakar II as a hunting ground. The public was first allowed to use the area in 1804.

Stromovka connects to Prague Zoo and Troja Chateau on the other side of the Vltava river. The park covers some 95 hectares, and is adjacent to the Výstaviště exhibition grounds. The park was originally connected to the Governor's Summer House, or Místodržitelský letohrádek, which was built in the 15th century.

The park was expanded starting in the middle of the 16th century. and artificial lakes began to be added. Emperor Rudolf II took particular interest in the park in the later part of the 16th century, creating a tunnel for water and adding an imperial mill. The latter no longer survives.

Šlechtova, another building in the park, was built in the 17th century as a Baroque palace, and is also waiting for renovation under a different program.

The park underwent a large renovation in the 19th century, when some of the earlier artificial lakes were filled in and many species of plants were introduced. In more modern times, a planetarium was added to the park in 1960. Stromovka suffered flood damage in both 2002 and 2013.

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