The suburbs of the Hungarian capital will be expanded with a new green park which will be opened in the 21st district of Budapest. In addition to its environmental role, the 36-hectare urban green oasis is also significant, as no new public park of more than 20 hectares has been established in Budapest in the last 50 years.
Dávid Vitézy, the CEO of the Budapest Development Centre, announced on Facebook that the contract had been signed with the construction company (s73 Construction Studio). A 36-hectare park will be established on the North Csepel archipelago, next to Soroksár-Danube. The CEO also added that the 36-hectare urban green oasis is a very significant development, as no new public park of more than 20 hectares has been established in Budapest in the last 50 years.
As Hungarian news portal Telex reports, the public park will include
gallery forest next to the Danube, extensive rest areas and clearings, hiking and cycling paths, promenades, wooded groves, community sports fields (outdoor fitness park, climbing wall, skate park, multifunctional sports fields, treadmill), community gardens, playgrounds, and wetland.
The latter is an entirely new element, a water management system whose function is to collect the rainwater falling on the surrounding areas, roads, and roofs, and then drain the excess into the Soroksár-Danube by passing it through a natural filter layer. Accordingly, it can be avoided that the green areas – which often do not get enough moisture – dry out or need artificial irrigation.
Its further environmental role is to provide natural wetlands for many plant and animal species, thereby increasing the biodiversity of the area. In addition, it plays an important role in improving the urban microclimate, and its evaporating effect contributes to the reduction of urban heat islands. According to preliminary ideas, in the middle lane of the public park, which is slightly lower than the surrounding areas, the water surface interwoven with plants would meander along from south to north, in an area of about 3 hectares. It will be up to the designer to work out in detail exactly how water management works in the wetland in both rainy and dry weather, writes the post.
The preparatory work for the park started four years ago. Since then, a high-quality master plan was drawn up in the summer of 2020, with the involvement of experts from the capital and district municipalities and a number of recognised experts who designated the location, use, approach, internal road network, and typical land-use units and main functions of the planned new public park.
The post also points out that the establishment of new parks in Budapest is indispensable, as there have been fewer and fewer tidy, well-functioning green spaces since the change of regime. Therefore, the expansion of urban parks is of primary importance.
The post also reveals that in the 19th century, the city’s designers dreamed of a green stripe surrounding today’s city centre in the form of a ring. On the Buda side, it has been realised with the Buda Hills; however, from Óbuda to the Pest side to South Buda, this green ring could not be implemented in a coherent way, only large parks, such as Margaret Island, City Park as part of the Budapest Liget project, and Népliget are lined up separately in this curve.
The Csepel public park fits into this system logically, and it will be an important green area of the South Budapest region.
Meanwhile, another project has reached a milestone in the 21st district of Budapest. At the beginning of September, within the framework of the construction of the National Athletics Stadium, the H7 (Csepel) HÉV track was rebuilt on a section in order to take a new route to the facility.
During the works, the old freight underpass was demolished, and a new, 40-metre-long railway bridge was built, which will also function as the new pedestrian main entrance to the Stadium, as well as a 14.5-metre-long railway bridge (Kvassay subway), which will get motor traffic to the Stadium area.
As Magyar Építők reports, within the framework of the construction, new railway tracks were laid on the 500-metre section of the double track, a new crushed stone bed was laid, a new overhead line was built, new optical cables were installed, the interlocking cable was replaced, and a new fence was built.
Presumably, the stadium will be ready for the 2023 World Athletics Championships.