City districts plan renovations in 2018

The municipal elections in the fall are spurring a flurry of public projects

Prague politicians are hurrying to finish projects ahead of the municipal elections scheduled for the fall.

The elections will determine who will lead the city and its districts for the next four years. The finished projects will give current politicians something to boast while failing to deliver will provide ammunition for opponents.

Many districts intend to invest in the restoration of local property, as well as in education.

Prague 1 has made a priority of renovating a building on Truhlářská street near náměstí Republiky into a recreation center for children by the end of the year, at a cost of some Kč 60 million.

Prague 1 is also planning to revitalize the northern part of Slovanský ostrov and restore the public spaces on Anenské náměstí.

Prague 2 is working on eliminating the last gambling establishments in 2018. It will introduce changes to the current parking system. The district will also be turning an eye to its history by unveiling new memorial plaques.

Prague 3 will focus on neglected parts of Žižkov. The first phase of the complete renovation of Husitská and Koněvova streets will start, with support from City Hall. The cost is estimated at Kč 100 million crowns. A new Prague 3 information center and a museum will open on Koněvova Street as well. Changes will extend to Kostnické náměstí, Komenského náměstí and náměstí Barikád.

The swimming pool in Lhotka in Prague 4 is being renovated. Last year, the city started building new facilities and the work should finish this year. A disused building in Horákova Street will be turned into a shelter for socially disadvantaged families.

Prague 6 will focus on improve the parking and traffic situation. It is planning more parking at Vypich, and preparing for the northwest part of the outer ring road around Prague. The district also wants to renovate the polyclinic at Pod Marjánkou in Břevnov, but is awaiting a decision that would allow work to start. Preparations have already been made.

Prague 7 will open its new town hall at U Průhonu. The budget is Kč 213 million. The renovation of the Letná water tower, a protected landmark, will be completed. It will again serve as a youth center. The district in cooperation with the National Technical Museum should also complete the renovation of the Letná Carousel (Letenský kolotoč), which has taken several years due to its poor state.

Prague 8 is in the middle of an extensive renovation of Zenklova Street, which will last until autumn. It will also work on a new layout for Elsnicovo náměstí in Libeň. which will be transformed into a public park. A new dog park will be created in Karlín.

Prague 12 is preparing the construction of a new Montessori primary and nursery school for 400 children near Československého exilu Street. A building project has already received a subsidy from the municipality of Kč 50 million.

Prague 3, 4 and 11 Town Hall also have plans to renovate several schools with new windows and other infrastructure changes.

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