Tallinn aims to create a continuous, almost nine-kilometer-long park area on the limestone strip in Lasnamäe.
According to Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart, the planned klint park forms an important part of Tallinn's development strategy and green mobility infrasturcture. "The aim of this is to turn the nearly nine-kilometer-long limestone outcrop on the border of Kesklinn, Lasnamäe and Pirita districts into a coherent and comprehensive journey, characterized by natural diversity and nature-centered solutions," explained Kõlvart. "The klint park will enable to highlight the uniqueness of the natural environment, where the visitor can follow different routes as part of the urban space. We want to complete least part of this klint park by 2023, when Tallinn is the European Green Capital.”
“At the heart of the idea of the klint park is the preservation and appreciation of the existing natural environment. Intervention in the design of the klint area will be minimal in order to ensure safe mobility for city dwellers both on foot and by bicycle, and to create recreation areas and viewpoints with charming sea views. To this end, we cooperate with the Estonian Environment Agency, landscape architects and local communities,” specified the Head of Lasnamäe District Government, Vladimir Svet. "In the coming weeks, we will announce an involvement program so that the residents of the settlements bordering the klint, as well as other city dwellers, can contribute to creating the future of the klint area. These ideas will become the base of the terms of reference for the landscape architecture competition. ”
The route of the planned park on the top of the klint starts from Tartu Road and runs to Pallasti bridge along Lasnamäe Street, then continues along Valge Street to Narva Road. However, the main part of the klint park will be the Suhkrumäe limestone bank starting from Mäe Street, which also plays an important cultural and historical role: Lasnamäe limestone has been mined from the limestone quarries since ancient times and laid in the walls of buildings and fortresses all over Estonia. The route of the proposed park then crosses the slope along Narva Road and ends in the Pirita river valley.
The klint park is characterized by numerous natural values, including the limestone bank of Maarjamäe, which was taken under nature protection in 1992. The alluvial plain on the Maarjamäe klint is a habitat for treasured plant communities, including several rare plant species. Underneath the klint there is a forest with a characteristic microclimate that has created good conditions for the formation of a unique and lush forest type that be described as a Nordic jungle.
At the foot of Paekalda, there are also many springs that feed on the water infiltrated into the limestone fissures on Lasnamäe, including Varsaallikad, Purde waterfall and Katleri stream. Near the Song Festival Grounds, the Hundikuristiku stream intersects the limestone plateau. The most beautifully scenic area is the ancient Pirita valley, which defines the eastern end of the klint park.
The introduction of the klint park concept and involvement activities will start in October and last until the beginning of winter. During this time, all city residents can have a say in shaping the city's longest green journey.
See also: tallinn.ee/klindipark