Location: Bucureşti, Romania
City population: 1,877,541
Project duration: 2011 - 2013
Project cost: 2 000 000 - 4 000 000 EUR
Financing source(s): EU funds, Public national budget, Public local authority's budget

Ion Creanga Park

Crearea unui parc de utilitate publică în cartierul Ion Creangă

A 1.96-hectare insidious unused land in the District 2 of Bucharest has been transformed into a modern park through a project funded by European funds. The project was selected in the top 100 Regional as an example of good European practice.Initially the park was a storage space for household waste (1, 3)

Urban setting

  • Grey infrastructure with green features
    • Institutional green space
  • Parks and (semi)natural urban green areas
    • Pocket parks / neighbourhood green spaces

Key challenges

  • Water management (SDG 6)
  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Environmental quality, including air quality and waste management
  • Regeneration, land-use and urban development
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)

Main beneficiaries

  • National-level government
  • Local government/Municipality
  • Citizens or community groups
Project objectives
1. Increasing the quality of life and the degree of social cohesion, by improving urban infrastructure in Sector 2 of the Bucharest Municipality - neighborhood "Ion Creanga" (2) 2. Improving environmental protection of the surrounding area (2) 3. Supplementing green spaces in the area by offering a place of refuge in heavily populated urban areas(3) 4. Revitalizing the city (1) 5. Reduce disparities between the Ion Creanga area and more developed parts of Bucharest. (9) 6. Giving a chance for better connections between the Roma community and other residents. (9)
Implementation activities
1. Landscaping, sanitation of the location, removing degraded vegetation (1) 2. Infrastructure works were carried out in the amount of 80% consisting of water supply networks, public lighting network, grid video surveillance (2) 3. Installing bicycle tracks, a skate park platform, multi sport grounds (692 sqm) (2)

Type of initiating organisation

  • Local government / municipality

Management set-up

Government-led

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Dissemination of information and education
  • Consultation (e.g. workshop, surveys)
Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project
The municipality of Bucharest was the initiator of this project, its role being of monitoring, implementing, and assessing the intervention. (2)
Project implemented in response to ...
... an EU policy or strategy? Yes
The intervention mentions the 2004/35/CE, Council of Europe Directive in regards to Environmental Protection (5)
... a national policy or strategy? Yes
The intervention mentions the national Law 24/2007 Environmental Protection, which comes in agreement with the NBS (6) and the O.U.G. 114/2007, Governmental Decision that specifies the total green space per capita in the capital of Romania (7) he intervention also mentions the National Strategy for Sustainable Development 2013-2020-2030 providing a high quality environment for the community; sustainable and rational management of waste by installing compartmentalized bins to educate the population to collect garbage differently and improvement of quality of the community’s life. (9)
... a local policy or strategy? Yes
The project is in accordance with the measures stated by the Environmental Local Action Plan, the Sustainable Development Local Plan of the 2nd District Bucharest City Hall. .(9)
Expected impacts
  • Water management (SDG 6)
  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Environmental quality, including air quality and waste management
  • Regeneration, land-use and urban development
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
Details on impacts and indicators used 1. The new space has led to the elimination of the environmental problems faced by the area 2. The citizens' safety in the area grew due to the installed video surveillance cameras 3. The community cohesion grew 4. Air quality increased (8) 5. The park significantly improved the urban infrastructure and quality of the environment, including efficient energy use. (9) 6. Provided sustainable and rational management of waste by installing compartmentalised bins to educate the population to collect garbage differently, 7. Increased energy efficiency through the automated installation of lighting and irrigation systems, 8. Increased outdoor activities in open spaces, connection through sports and games between Roma children and Romanian children, 9. Attracted homebuyers and boosted residential property values in the area by as much as 15 percent (9)

Presence of formal monitoring system

Yes

Presence of indicators used in reporting

Yes

Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports

Yes

Availability of a web-based monitoring tool

Unknown

 

Disclaimer: The data collection was carried out between June and August 2017, the information presented has not been updated afterwards.