Białystok, Poland
City population: 293541
Duration: 2014 – 2016
Implementation status: Completed
Scale: Sub-microscale: Street scale (including buildings)
Project area: unknown
Type of area: Residental, Public Greenspace Area
Last updated: October 2021

In 2016, owing to the participatory budget of Białystok, the citizens received a long-awaited outdoor gym and playground in the vacant green area of the city. The initiative aimed to increase public access to the green recreational area in the city, and connect the Białka riverside with residential boroughs. The project involved greenery planting and re-arrangement of the greenery (including some deforestation), revitalization of a pond and water purification, connecting walking and bicycle paths. Lawns are available for family picnics and recreation [1,2].

Boulevard Białystok


Nature-based solution

  • Grey infrastructure featuring greens
  • Alley and street greens
  • Parks and urban forests
  • Pocket parks/neighbourhood green spaces
  • Blue infrastructure
  • Lakes/ponds

Key challenges

  • Water management (SDG 6)
  • Improvements to water quality
  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Green space creation and/or management
  • Regeneration, land-use and urban development
  • Regulation of built environment
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Enabling opportunities for physical activity
  • Creation of opportunities for recreation


Maintenance and management of urban nature existing green areas, Improved governance of green or blue areas, Management and improved protection of rivers and other blue areas

Project objectives

1) Revitalization of the area’s blue elements; 2) Provision of a green recreational space in the neighbourhood; 3) Increase in public access to the green recreational area in the city [1].

Implementation activities

- Building a playground and the outdoor gym; - Greenery planting and a new arrangement of the greenery (deforestation for new paths); - New lamps and CCTV; - Benches and bicycle racks; - Building roads, pedestrian paths and bicycle paths; - Creating a public area for picnics; - Revitalization and re-arrangement of the pond [1,2].

Main beneficiaries

  • Citizens or community groups


Management set-up

  • Co-governance with government and non-government actors

Type of initiating organisation

  • Citizens or community group

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Co-planning (e.g. stakeholder workshops, focus groups, participatory mapping)
  • Crowd-sourcing/Crowd-funding/Participatory bdget
  • Consultation (e.g. workshop, surveys, community meetings, town halls)

Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project

In 2013, the citizens developed a proposal and applied for funds for its implementation from the participatory city budget. The local municipality was responsible for implementing the project in 2014.

Project implemented in response to ...

... an EU policy or strategy? Unknown
... a national policy or strategy? Unknown
... a local policy or strategy? Unknown (The rules of the participatory budget of Białystok state though that all submitted projects have to be compatible with law, third party rights (including property rights), as well as with the adopted plans, strategies and programs of the City of Białystok.(3))


Total cost

€500,000 - €2,000,000

Source(s) of funding

  • Public local authority budget

Type of funding

  • Earmarked public budget (e.g. governament grants or subsidies)

Non-financial contribution


Impacts and Monitoring

Environmental impacts

  • Water management and blue areas
  • Improved water quality
  • Enhanced protection and restoration of freshwater ecosystems
  • Green space and habitat
  • Increased green space area
  • Restoration of derelict areas

Economic impacts

  • Unknown

Socio-cultural impacts

  • Safety
  • Increased perception of safety
  • Social justice and cohesion
  • Improved access to urban green space
  • Increased involvement of locals in the management of green spaces
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Gain in activities for recreation and exercise

Type of reported impacts

Achieved impacts

Presence of formal monitoring system


Presence of indicators used in reporting

No evidence in public records

Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports

No evidence in public records

Availability of a web-based monitoring tool

No evidence in public records


Boulevard Białystok
Boulevard Białystok