“Kyiv is the city of parks, the greenest city in Europe! And we are working to provide more well-cared recreation green spaces. This year we have renovated 104 parks and squares - both big and small. And 86 more urban spaces are now officially classified as green. Overall the city has revived 339 parks and squares,” stressed Klitschko. In general, the city dedicated some ₴370 million for park improvements in 2018.
According to Klitschko, 10 biggest city parks have been reopened to the public following a massive restoration: the second portion of Natalka park, Vidradny park, Syrets park, the first portions of Peremoha park and Muromets park, the upper terrace of Volodymyrska Hirka park, Rusanivska Promenade, the first portion of a new park along Shukhevich avenue and revamped descend from Peyzazhna aleya to Podil. The Kyiv zoo is undergoing a complete transformation. Next year, when the renovations of its first portion are expected to be complete, the zoo will reopen to the public.
In 2019 more new and refurbished parks will open to the public, in particular, the third portion of Natalka park and the lower terrace of Volodymyrska Hirka park. Partyzanska Slava park will have a new fountain, Syrets park - also a new fountain and new summer concert stage, Sovky park - a new cycling trail.
“We have ambitious plans for a new tourist attraction. A new pedestrian and cycle bridge that will connect Volodymyrska Hirka park to the Friendship of Nations Monument is due to be completed and open in next spring. The bridge will be a key part of a major tourist historic route,” stressed Vitali Klitschko. He also revealed plans to reconstruct Peyzazhna Alley, Artists Alley and old fountains along the historic route.
Also Klitschko announced that the city will continue working on grandiose plans for Kyiv zoo redevelopment. Three enhanced manmade lakes and a new bird wintering house are due to open in spring, followed by a new monkey house, new zoo entrance and refurbished aquarium which will be one of the biggest in the city.