Dětský ostrov reopens after five years

The Children's Island has been rebuild with new playgrounds and sports fields

There is a new place for children to play in the center of Prague. Dětský ostrov (Children's Island), an island in the Vltava river near Smíchov has reopened after four months of renovation.

Dětský ostrov, located between the bridges Jiráskův most and Most Legií, was damaged by floods in 2013 and forced to close. Since then, it has not been maintained and became overgrown.

The reopening came June 1, which is Children's Day. Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová (ANO) attended the ribbon cutting, along with Prague 5 Mayor Pavel Richter (TOP 09) and Prague 5 Deputy Mayor Martin Slabý (ANO).

The island will be open to the public from the morning to 10 pm daily.

“I know about the popularity of Dětský ostrov, and I understand the citizens who demanded early repairs after all the facilities on the island were destroyed during the floods. Unfortunately, there have been complications with flood protection, and we have not been allowed to expand the sports grounds or add other objects. Our proposals were not approved, so we decided on an option to fix the island according to the original design, but with new attractions,” Prague 5's Richter said in a press release.

Prague 5 spokesman Jakub Večerka said that people were skeptical that the work would be finished in time, but the opening has proved them wrong.

Mayor Krnáčová said she was happy that the city fulfilled its promise to reopen a place that was well-loved by Prague residents for recreation.

The repair process was difficult since access to the island is only by a footbridge that cannot support heavy loads. Much of the construction material have to come by boat.

Contaminated sand left over from the flood also had to be removed. During the renovations, two boats had accidents by scraping the bottom.

Total reconstruction cost was around Kč 19 million.

Playgrounds are divided by age, for children aged from two to 15 years. There is also a football field with artificial turf, a basketball court and an area for volleyball or football.

Younger children have a new roundabout, climbing frames, sandbox and ball game area.

There is also an area for handicapped children so they can try to improve their motor skills.

Prague 5 along with help for City Hall plans to invest heavily in fixing playgrounds in the district. Some Kč 150 million is set aside for the issue, and Dětský ostrov is just one of the projects.

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