32 developmental projects are supported in Budapest, each district gets at least one, index.hu reports.
The general assembly of the capital voted about the results of TÉR_KÖZ competition of 2016, in which the districts of Budapest could apply for urban development actions. The aim of the competition was to establish new public domains, buildings that are open for everyone, and enhance public life. In the case of public domains, pedestrian, cyclist-friendly and smooth, barrier-free design has a vital role. 32 projects received support out of 42.
In connection to the alteration of Böszörményi street, the district plans to reneovate the front gardens, facades and portals on that certain stage. The first phase of the alteration renovated the parts in front of the city hall, now it would spread to the whole stage of Böszörményi street from Apor Vilmos square and Nagyenyed street.
The capital did not agree with them on the renewal of the facades, so they suggested 250 million for this project instead of the demanded 494 million.
The district has been planning the revaluation of the area near Rákos-stream, between Béke street and Röppentyű street, and to give it public functions. Now they have received resources for it, 100 million forints.
The plans were already known from angyalzold.hu website, and, according to it, there will be a boardwalk, cycle path, runway, dog track, fitness and a new pedestrian bridge in the continuation of Hajdú street.
The ambitious plan of the district is that they would like to establish a pleasant promenade, a linear park with social functions on the asymmetric part of Vezér street (between Fogarasi street and Szugló street) on the side used less frequently by cars. A part of it has already been finished, but on the side closer to Fogarasi street there are still (as the Hungarian saying goes) “Balkan-like conditions” with an unpaved road full of pits, without any pavement. The judges provided only a fragment of the demanded 417 million forints, exactly 100 million, so the landscaping will probably not be completed on the entire stage, but it can start something.
The other winning project of Zugló is the expansion of the sports ground on Mogyoródi street: the extension of the already improved district sport center with new fields, table tennis, and a new climbing wall is also among the plans. The provided sum is also smaller here than the demanded one (100 million instead of 185): the capital agreed with the sport functions’ installment, but did not with the establishment of a stage and picnic spots.
District XV focused on Rákos street in Rákospalota, both its suggestions are related to this public domain, but it received (partly) support for only one of them. From this sum, the development of the squares along Rákos street (the crossing of Népfelkelő, Bezerédj Pál and Dessewffy streets) would happen with the extension of the pedestrian areas, forestation – from 100 million forints of support instead of the demanded 250.
The competition would expand the cycle track along the Szilas-stream – which gained great popularity in a short period of time – toward Náplás lake, with an inn at the lake, a new viewing platform, and a public garden would also be constructed, which the capital supports by HUF 180 million.
The intention is obviously commendable, as many people visit the greatest lake of Budapest even without a cycle path.
One of District XVII’s projects practically serves as a twin project to District XVI’s one: it also aims for the availability of the Náplás lake by cycle along Náplás street, accompanied by a road traffic park and a street workout park near the Rákos stream. Though the judges were not thrilled by the idea (according to them, it misses the social function along with the traffic development), but they still provide 230 million forints for the project (even if the district actually asked for 317 million). The project is more valuable if it goes together with the neighboring district’s plans, because not only Náplás lake would be accessible from multiple directions, but the cycle paths along Szilas stream and Rákos stream (the latter is planned to be improved from union sources) could be connected.
Rákosmente’s other project received a little bit more than that – 260 million forints –, by which a new public house would be constructed on Rákoshegy, near the iconic water tower which would also go through some renovation. According to the plan, the neighboring Szent István park would also have been restored, and the establishment of some new parking lots were also planned, but these suggestions were not supported by the judges of the capital city.
In one of the district’s winning projects, the renewal of Kossuth square would be continued by the restoration of the green areas, and some fountains. One of the aims of the plan is to renovate the monument garden that was built according to Béla Rerrich’s plans, in the 30’s. The people of Pestlőrinc received 120 million instead of 180 million for this purpose, and we hope that it will serve the good of the square’s visitors.
Along with it, the district gets a support of 100 million forints to renovate the market area in the Havanna residential complex, that serves as the place of a weekly sale. In this case, mostly the establishment of parking lots and marketplaces, stores will be funded by the application.
Kispest applied with four projects, but only one of them won: the renovation of Wekerle’s small market. It was high time, because it is a popular market, but its surroundings are forlorn, and the public room among the plans would serve the interest of the quite active society of Wekerle. It is not known why only 100 million instead of the demanded 204 million forints can be saved for this purpose. Also, we do not know what use they can make of this amount.
In Pesterzsébet, the renovation of the Hullám boathouses would continue with the second phase. In the first phase – along with the renewal of one of the boathouses –, a playground with themes related to water was constructed, and this resulted in the revival of the Danube bank at Pesterzsébet.
The current phase would involve the complementing of the other boathouse with accommodation, gym, workshop and changing rooms inside, while the green area in front of it would be extended with new tree lines. The granted support is 150 forints instead of the demanded 193 million.
The district got most of the support for the establishment of the day camp next to Hollandi street: 310 million forints, to be exact. With the help of this, they would establish the central buildings, a viewing platform with slide, thematic toys, and a sports ground. The competition did not support the establishment of classrooms and a parking lot.
The Rákóczi garden is a public house on Rákóczi square in Csepel, with a fitness park in the garden. The project, which was designed in favor of social planning, aims to renew the public house and establish a new public garden, a runway, and a kart track. The judgement provided a decreased sum of support (190 million forints instead of 283 million). For instance, it does not support the extension of the playground.
The area near Hajó street may be familiar for those who tend to cycle on the Danube bank at Budafok: it is the place where the roots of the trees have already made the cycle path impassable. According to an earlier decision, the district ice station could be built in this green area (it is probably not a good choice of location) while the area around it and the Danube bank could be renovated with the help of TÉR_KÖZ.
They would like to improve the cycle path and the promenade, and some additional ways to access the Danube would be established in the form of stairs and pier-like ramps. The playground and the street workout park were not appreciated by the judges, so the project only received HUF 200 million instead of the demanded 315 million.
The district got a relatively smaller sum, 60 million forints to improve Szent István square. In this square, they would like to establish a rain reservoir because of its features: this territory lies quite low compared to its environment. The establishment of a small stage and a playground were not supported by the application decision.
Soroksár chose a territory on Molnár Island that lies on the Little Danube, more exactly, the former day camp on the southern corner of the island, where the third phase of the current project would take place.
The establishment of the adventure park and the runway were supported by the embodiment, but the construction of the toilet block and the parking lot were not, so this idea received only 100 million forints instead of 264 million.
translated by Gergely Lajtai-Szabó