Szczecin, Poland
City population: 403061
Duration: in planning stage – ongoing
Implementation status: Ongoing
Scale: Micro-scale: District/neighbourhood level
Project area: 10000 m2
Type of area: Residental, Public Greenspace Area
Last updated: October 2021

The initiative aims to ensure open access to the river Regalica for the local community and to create a multifunctional recreational area there. Given current spatial development plans, the chosen location is the only feasible solution to facilitate public access to the river. The project will address multiple NBS domains as its plans include: building new water stand, fishing place, and an observation deck, developing an ecological and educational path along the riverside, developing recreational spaces for the community including outdoor and cultural activities. The project relates to the long-term brand strategy of the city: ‘Szczecin floating garden 2050’[1]. The architectural plan was accepted and put forward for the implementation in 2019; currently, in July 2020, the project is still in the planning phase [4].


Nature-based solution

  • Grey infrastructure featuring greens
  • Riverbank greens
  • Blue infrastructure
  • Rivers/streams/canals/estuaries

Key challenges

  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Green space creation and/or management
  • Inclusive and effective governance (SDG 16)
  • Inclusive governance
  • Effective management
  • Social justice, cohesion and equity (SDG 10)
  • Environmental education
  • Social interaction
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Enabling physical activity
  • Improving mental health
  • Improving physical health
  • Creation of opportunities for relaxation and recreation
  • Economic development and employment (SDG 8)
  • Economic development: service sectors
  • Tourism support


Knowledge creation and awareness raising, Improved governance of green or blue areas, Management of rivers and other blue areas

Project objectives

The initiative aims to create a multifunctional recreational area at the riverside in the only possible location left unmanaged. The initiative addresses many goals: open access to the riverside (a boathouse, fishing place and an observation deck), health, well-being and recreation (areas for community activities such as grilling or spaces for cultural events, open-air playground), education (ecological path connected to the history of the Odra river), and tourism (overall improvement for the city’s sailing routes, bike paths) [1].

Implementation activities

The project is still in the planning stages [2,4,5].

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
  • Crowd-sourcing/Crowd-funding/Participatory bdget
  • Consultation (e.g. workshop, surveys)

Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project

The community developed the project proposal and applied for the funding from Szczecin's participatory city budget in 2016 [1,4,5].

Project implemented in response to ...

... an EU policy or strategy? Unknown
... a national policy or strategy? Unknown
... a local policy or strategy? Yes (The project's application explicitly states that the project fits into the larger city-wide brand management strategy "Szczecin floating garden 2050".(1) Moreover, the project proposal had to be in accordance with the tasks and competencies of the Municipality of Szczecin.(3))


Total cost

€100,000 - €500,000

Source(s) of funding

  • Public local authority budget

Type of funding

  • Earmarked public budget

Non-financial contribution


Impacts and Monitoring

Environmental impacts

  • Unknown

Economic impacts

  • Unknown

Socio-cultural impacts

  • Unknown

Type of reported impacts

No impacts reported

Presence of formal monitoring system


Presence of indicators used in reporting


Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports

No evidence in public records

Availability of a web-based monitoring tool

No evidence in public records