Zürich, Switzerland
City population: 602062
Duration: 2004 – 2015
Implementation status: Completed
Scale: Micro-scale: District/neighbourhood level
Project area: 2000 m2
Type of area: Public Greenspace Area
Last updated: October 2021

The Belvoirpark has its origins in the 19th century and is one of the oldest landscaped gardens in the region. Set on a beautiful location close to the lake with views of the city and the mountains, the Belvoirpark has retained its specific topography with large level differences and exotic trees. Since the twenties, Gastrosuisse operates here a Hotel Management School with an upscale, publicly accessible restaurant. The former school building was spatially and functionally not integrated into the parkA huge transformation of the Belvoirpark area was done to make the park more green from 2004 – 2015. The transformation of the area around the new construction of the replacement building allowed a reappraisal of the previous situation. (Ref 1)

Zurich Tourism


Nature-based solution

  • Parks and urban forests
  • Large urban parks or forests

Key challenges

  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Habitat and biodiversity restoration
  • Green space creation and/or management
  • Environmental quality
  • Air quality improvement
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Enabling physical activity


Creation of new green areas, Maintenance and management of urban nature

Project objectives

• Revive the glory of the park. • Protect the habitats for the species present within the park. • Increase aesthetics. • Introduce 21st-century facilities (walking trails, playground, an underpass to access Zurisee) (Ref 1).

Implementation activities

Areas that did not serve the transport and delivery services were planted in accordance with park trees, which occur partly as groups, partly as a multi-stemmed specimen. To the east to the park, a wide path along the building is created, which can be supplemented in the north and south to a belt walk. Between the best walk and the Iris garden the partially existing hedges were extended or renewed. Inside the hedge body a beech tree was replanted, which will complement the long-term parking backdrop of large trees. At the entrance to the park and the school a historical and translocated fence (by the art nouveau artist Berlepsch-Valandas) with natural stone base and pedestals continues the theme and protected pattern of villas with front gardens along the Seestrasse. (Ref 1)

Biodiversity conservation or restoration-focused activities

Biodiversity restoration:

  • Restore species (native, endangered, or unspecified)
  • Restore native species

Main beneficiaries

  • Citizens or community groups


Management set-up

  • Co-governance with government and non-government actors

Type of initiating organisation

  • Private sector/corporate actor/company

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Joint implementation (e.g. tree planting)

Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project

The project was a collaboration among Gastrosuisse Zurich: association connected with Belvoirpark, VOGT Architect, and Stadt Zurich: leader of the project. (Ref 1)

Project implemented in response to ...

... an EU policy or strategy? Unknown
... a national policy or strategy? Unknown
... a local policy or strategy? Yes (Green Space Policy for the city of Zurich: to maintain urban green spaces (Ref 3))


Total cost


Source(s) of funding

  • Public regional budget
  • Private Foundation/Trust

Type of funding

  • Direct funding or subsidy

Non-financial contribution

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

Impacts and Monitoring

Environmental impacts

  • Climate, energy and emissions
  • Lowered local temperature
  • Green space and habitat
  • Reduced biodiversity loss

Economic impacts

  • Attraction of business and investment

Socio-cultural impacts

  • Social justice and cohesion
  • Increased opportunities for social interaction
  • Cultural heritage and sense of place
  • Protection of natural heritage
  • Protection of historic and cultural landscape / infrastructure

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