Győr, Hungary
City population: 130308
Duration: 2013 – 2014
Implementation status: Completed
Scale: Micro-scale: District/neighbourhood level
Project area: unknown
Type of area: Residental, Public Greenspace Area
Last updated: October 2021

Bercsényi grove, a large public park, was rehabilitated and functionally extended as part of the socially sensitive urban regeneration project of Győr-Újváros, a stigmatized, relatively underdeveloped area (Ref. 1, 3). The area of the park is divided into three main parts, 1. a recreational park including playgrounds, 2. a sports park and 3. a "traffic park" where children can learn interactively learn the rules of the road in a playful way. Although the project was mainly aimed at creating a place for active recreation, the intervention included the rehabilitation of the green areas and the plantation of several tree lines (Ref. 4). As a result, the area could become a popular meeting point for different generations.

Bercsényi grove and its surroundings
Photographer: Gabor Marcali

Overview

Nature-based solution

  • Grey infrastructure featuring greens
  • Alley and street greens
  • Green playgrounds and school grounds
  • Parks and urban forests
  • Pocket parks/neighbourhood green spaces

Key challenges

  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Green space creation and/or management
  • Social justice, cohesion and equity (SDG 10)
  • Social cohesion
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Enabling physical activity
  • Creation of opportunities for relaxation and recreation
  • Economic development and employment (SDG 8)
  • Real estate development

Focus

Maintenance and management of urban nature, Transformation of previously derelict areas

Project objectives

- redeveloping the downgraded area of Újváros Parkland; - rebranding the neighbourhood with the redevelopment of public spaces including green areas; - improving aesthetically the grove and thus creating a more comfortable place for locals and for visitors to the neighbourhood (Ref.2); - creating community spaces (Ref. 5); - maintaining the area as a green public space despite the construction of the sports complex (Ref. 7); - rehabilitation of the green areas of the park, including planting new trees (Ref. 4).

Implementation activities

- A playground was built that provides an opportunity for children with limited mobility to play. - A recreational park with benches was built. - The green surfaces were completely renewed with new trees planted. - A service building called “Green House” was built, with public toilets, showers and changing rooms for the staff who supervise the area. - In the third trough, the KRESZ (road traffic rules) park was established, that offers an opportunity for learning and playing sports, which, when integrated into the kindergarten and school education system, also serves for effective accident prevention. - Curvy walkways framed with plants were created for pedestrians. - 20 children's bicycles and 20 scooters were given to the park. (Reference 3, 4)

Main beneficiaries

  • Local government/Municipality
  • Citizens or community groups
  • Marginalized groups: Low income citizens, People with functional diversities

Governance

Management set-up

  • Government-led

Type of initiating organisation

  • Local government/municipality

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Unknown

Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project

The project was initiated and led by the municipality of Győr. The funding came partly from the EU through the Nyugat-Dunantul Operational Program, partly from the municipality's budget. (Reference 3)

Project implemented in response to ...

... an EU policy or strategy? Yes (The intervention was an EU funded project, by the Nyugat-Dunantul Operational Program of the ERDF under the European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) Regulation (Reference 1).)
... a national policy or strategy? Yes (Building Code (53/1997. (XII. 20.) Korm. rendelet az országos településrendezési és építési követelményekről): in public parks the rate of green surfaces should be at least 70 %. Local Regulation Plan: in public parks the rate of green surfaces should be at least 80 % (Reference 7))
... a local policy or strategy? Yes (The city's concept of urban development of 2005 has already mentioned the need of redevelopment in Győr-Újváros (Reference 4). The city's strategy of urban development of 2008 discusses in details the aim of a socially sensitive urban regeneration in the area and even mentions indicators for monitoring. Nevertheless, according to that specific plan the project should have been implemented between 2008 and 2011 (Reference 5).)

Financing

Total cost

€100,000 - €500,000

Source(s) of funding

  • EU funds
  • Public local authority budget

Type of funding

  • Earmarked public budget
  • Direct funding or subsidy

Non-financial contribution

Unknown

Impacts and Monitoring

Environmental impacts

  • Green space and habitat
  • Restoration of derelict areas

Economic impacts

  • Stimulate development in deprived areas
  • Attraction of business and investment

Socio-cultural impacts

  • Social justice and cohesion
  • Improved access to urban green space
  • Increased opportunities for social interaction
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Gain in activities for recreation and exercise

Type of reported impacts

Achieved impacts

Presence of formal monitoring system

Unknown

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

References

Bercsényi grove and its surroundings
Photographer: Gabor Marcali
Bercsényi grove and its surroundings
Photographer: Gabor Marcali
Bercsényi grove and its surroundings
Photographer: Gabor Marcali