- Hans Weber
- December 4, 2023
Revitalization Plans Unveiled for Park Motolka in Prague 5: New Natural Playgrounds, Picnic Areas, and Café
Exciting news for residents of Prague 5 as the revitalization plans for Park Motolka have been announced. The plans, presented to the public by landscape architecture studio Terra Florida, aim to transform the park into a vibrant and inviting space with new natural playgrounds for children, picturesque picnic areas with a view of Poštovka Hill, and a charming café in the western part of the park. The revitalization project is part of the broader transformation of Motol Valley and seeks to create a seamless connection between the park and other natural areas, making it a vital recreational space for local residents.
The study conducted by Terra Florida has been designed to be sensitive to the park’s identity and the potential uses of the space. Currently, the park lacks adequate leisure facilities, and the revitalization aims to address this by introducing various amenities and attractions. The natural playgrounds will provide engaging spaces for children, while the picnic areas will offer an opportunity for families and friends to relax and enjoy the scenic surroundings. The café, strategically located in the western part of the park, will serve as a buffer between a busy intersection and the serene ambiance surrounding the ponds.
The collaboration between the city and Prague 5 municipality, along with the Institute of Planning and Development and the Environmental Protection Department of the City Hall, will ensure a gradual and successful revitalization process. Radek Janoušek, deputy mayor of Prague 5, has expressed the municipality’s commitment to the project, which will breathe new life into Park Motolka.
The study proposes a captivating new feature for the park—an inviting path that meanders alongside the stream. This path will enhance the visibility and accessibility of the stream, which currently flows mostly underground. The revitalization plans also include the creation of a natural channel for the Motol Stream and the addition of new ponds. One of the ponds will be dedicated to bird nesting, providing an observation point for birdwatching enthusiasts. In the eastern part of the park, a balance bike track and more water areas with seating will be introduced, further enriching the recreational offerings.
Preserving the existing valuable vegetation and creating new biotopes are essential aspects of the revitalization project. These efforts will attract a diverse range of animal species and restore the wet meadows, shore vegetation, and park edges. However, potential risks associated with the nearby Motol landfill must be considered, as pointed out by Milan Vrkoč, City Councilor for Environmental Protection and Public Space.
The study is currently accessible to the public until September 15th at the Atelier Planning and Development of Prague 5 in Štefánikova Street. This exhibition provides an opportunity for residents to learn more about the revitalization plans and offer their input. The ambitious revitalization of Park Motolka aligns with the city’s broader goal of creating more green spaces. Another notable example is the transformation of Central Park in Prague 13, which now serves as a peaceful retreat for residents, offering relaxation areas and diverse biotopes to attract wildlife.
Article by Prague Forum