Rašínovo nábřeží renovations to start

The work should not interfere with the farmers markets and other events

The revitalization of Rašínovo nábřeží, along the Vltava waterfront, will begin in mid-April. Work has been postponed from last autumn. The waterfront on the opposite side of the river at Smíchov is also being renovated. The renovations will be the most extensive for the waterfront in modern history.

The Vltava waterfront has become popular in the warm weather for open-air markets and festivals, but it lacks the needed infrastructure such as benches, toilets and waste containers for such large crowds.

The City Council approved changes last February, but the start of work was delayed for administrative and technical reasons.

“We are still waiting for all building permits, but we expect to have them by mid-April,” Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová (ANO) said, according to daily Mladá fronta Dnes.

The work at Rašínovo nábřeží, will mainly concern the renovation of 12 rooms set into the stone walls under the upper-level street. These rooms have long been disused and inaccessible to the general public. Some of the rooms will be turned into cafes and galleries with glass entrances to make them more inviting. Currently, they have metal doors. Other rooms will be turned into public bathrooms.

The first phase of work will also include placing new benches and trash containers along the promenade and some engineering work to enable the new facilities to operate.

The renovation work should only have minimal impact on planned events for the waterfront, and the area will remain open, allowing for normal traffic. The farmers' markets and festivals will not be interrupted.

The budget for the project is Kč 225 million, but that also includes work on Hořejší nábřeží and Dvořákovo nábřeží. The projects planned for this year should end at the latest in autumn.

The second phase of the renovation, planned for 2019 and ’20, includes the construction of docks for boats, a floating spa, and other facilities directly on the water.

The waterfront around Rašínovo nábřeží has become popular both with the public and as a location for a movie, commercial and advertising shoots.

The amount of visitors has also led to some complaints from local residents about noise. The city plans to spread out events more along the waterfront to reduce the concentration of noise. The number of boats that can be in any one place will also be limited.

Rašínovo nábřeží runs from the Vyšehrad tunnel to the bridge Jiráskův most. It is named after economist Alois Rašín, who played a role in the establishment of Czechoslovakia in 1918 and served as a finance minister. He was assassinated by an anarchist in 1923. 

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