Tallinn, Estonia
City population: 390369
Duration: 2016 – 2016
Implementation status: Completed
Scale: Micro-scale: District/neighbourhood level
Project area: unknown
Type of area: Industrial, Previous derelict area
Last updated: October 2021

Extending from Kalasadam to the Noblessner quarter, the beta-promenade is a simple footpath along the seaside (from the fish market of the Fishing Harbor to the port town of Noblessner), created by removing fences, opening up gates and fortifying the shore. (ref 1) It is a project for public space creation in Tallinn Seaside by Linnalabor, where the seafront area is heightened in the public interest (Ref 2) The beta promenade was made by filling an old, impassable landfill on a sometimes bumpy and fenced-in, but sea-view and spacious footpath, opening the old gate of the Patarei Fortress wall and marking the nearly two-kilometre shore route (ref. 1).

Beta-promenade of Tallinn is now open
Source: https://blogi.kultuur.info/en/gallery-beta-promenade_of_tallinn_is_now_open/

Overview

Nature-based solution

  • Parks and urban forests
  • Pocket parks/neighbourhood green spaces
  • Blue infrastructure
  • Coastlines

Key challenges

  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Green space creation and/or management
  • Social justice, cohesion and equity (SDG 10)
  • Social interaction
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Enabling physical activity
  • Improving physical health
  • Creation of opportunities for relaxation and recreation
  • Cultural heritage and cultural diversity
  • Protection of historic and cultural landscape/infrastructure

Focus

Creation of new green areas, Maintenance and management of urban nature, Transformation of previously derelict areas

Project objectives

- The vision plan for the seaside centre of the city centre aimed at improving people's well-being. The seafront area is an object of increased public interest and must be developed on the basis of the highest quality demands of the public space (ref 2). - With the project, natural diversity is maintained and increased (ref 2). - Creating recreational opportunities for users and improve its accessible to different interest groups (ref 2). "The purpose of beta-promenade was to enable Tallinners and visitors to enjoy the seaside, either walking, hogging or strolling. In the Tallinn context, the project was important also since there is not much interim use of space." (Teele, 2017)

Implementation activities

Seafront area is heightened in the public interest (ref 2) and a beta-promenade which is a simple footpath along the seaside is created by removing fences, opening up gates and fortifying the shore from Kalasadam to the Noblessner quarter (ref 1) "With the help from the city (50 000 euros) a small piece of land was filled on the almost 2 km long path along the seaside." (Teele, 2017) - Filling an old, impassable landfill on a sometimes bumpy and fenced-in, but sea-view and spacious footpath, opening the old gate of the Patarei Fortress wall, and marking the nearly two-kilometer shore route with human-sized pink B-letters and posters

Main beneficiaries

  • Citizens or community groups
  • Marginalized groups: People with functional diversities
  • Young people and children

Governance

Management set-up

  • Co-governance with government and non-government actors

Type of initiating organisation

  • Researchers/university

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Co-management/Joint management

Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project

It is a project from Estonian Urban Lab or Estonian Linnalabor. The initiative was one of the 20 winning entries to the idea contest of the Maritime Culture Year. Beta-promenade is being created in cooperation with the landowners (Noblessner, State Real Estate Ltd, OÜ BMG Arendused, Pro Kapital Estonia Ltd), AS Tallinna Vesi and the Northern Tallinn City Administration (ref 1)

Project implemented in response to ...

... an EU policy or strategy? Unknown
... a national policy or strategy? Unknown
... a local policy or strategy? Unknown

Financing

Total cost

€50,000 - €100,000

Source(s) of funding

  • Public local authority budget
  • Corporate investment

Type of funding

  • Earmarked public budget
  • Direct funding or subsidy

Non-financial contribution

Type of non-financial contribution
  • Provision of land
  • Provision of labour
  • Other
Who provided the non-financial contribution?
  • Public authorities (e.g. land, utility services)
  • Citizens (e.g. volunteering)

Impacts and Monitoring

Environmental impacts

  • Green space and habitat
  • Increased green space area
  • Restoration of derelict areas

Economic impacts

  • More sustainable tourism

Socio-cultural impacts

  • Social justice and cohesion
  • Improved access to urban green space
  • Increased opportunities for social interaction
  • Increased involvement of locals in the management of green spaces
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Improved physical health
  • Improved mental health
  • 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