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Tallinn to invest €50 million euros in urban green spaces next year

Tallinn to invest €50 million euros in urban green spaces next year

Next year's draft city budget foresees a total of €50.1 million for operating expenditure and investments in the area of environment and environmental protection. In addition to the activities related to the European Green Capital, for example, the improvement of parks and green spaces will continue as an important part of creating a high quality urban space.

"The development of green spaces has always been a priority for Tallinn as the Capital of Green Spaces. In the new year, we will continue to make a major contribution to ensuring that the urban landscape is diverse and offers exciting activities for all ages in Tallinn. Among the most important sites, the linear parks Putukaväil and Klindipark, which run through several districts, deserve a mention, but we will also pay attention to the development of smaller green spaces, dog parks, sports and playgrounds," said Deputy Mayor Vladimir Svet. 

More than 50 different initiatives, projects and activities are planned to promote and support Tallinn's green transition and the realization of the city's environmental and climate goals, to introduce green management principles into the city's organization, to raise people's environmental awareness, to bring green innovation to Tallinn and to strengthen cooperation between the city, different civil organizations, universities and businesses.
In 2023, activities will also continue in a number of externally-funded projects focusing on mitigating the negative environmental impacts of urban traffic, climate strategies, the circular economy and coastal habitat restoration.

Investment of €18.4 million is planned in the area of waste management and environmental protection. A major priority will be the improvement of parks and green spaces, with a total budget of over €4.4 million. The largest projects are the reconstruction of the Poolamäe-Tiigiveski park complex, the improvement of the shore area of Harku lake, the creation of the jewish cemetery park and the construction of the Pollinator Highway. Next year, the design and preparatory activities will start for the construction of Klindipargi from Tartu Highway to the Pirita riverfront, Järveotsa promenade with a  market and exhibition area and Kass August promenade on Kopli Street.

In Kadriorg Park, the establishment of a herb garden will start in 2023 and the walking paths of the park will be restored. A commercial building will also be completed at L. Koidula 34a. A total of almost  €3.3 million has been earmarked for investments in Kadriorg Park in the draft city budget.

Around €3.6 million has been earmarked in next year's budget for the construction and renovation of children's playgrounds. The largest are the Selimetsa family playground in Lasnamäe and the Räägu Park playground. In addition Tower Square will be renovated. The playgrounds in Vana-Kalamaja and Karjamaa parks at Õismäe 22a will also be renovated. New playgrounds will be built on the Angerja 3a property and on the green areas of Jugapuu Street and Lükati Street. The playgrounds will focus on play areas for children with special needs.

Investment in the capital's cemeteries will also continue. For example, cemetery roads, water and sewerage pipes, fences and gates will be built or renovated, with €900 000 planned for the construction works.

The renovation of Tondimõisa Park and the dog park at Järveotsa Road 40 will cost approximately €350 000.

Tallinn's 2023 city budget has to be approved by the city council. The draft city budget submitted to the council totals €1.14 billion, which is €66.5 million, or 6.2%, more than the 2022 revised budget.