A bridge in the Cismigiu Garden, Source: sailko on Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0

Bucharest Landscaping Association offers Romania’s most iconic park a chance to survive

Bucharest Landscaping Association offers Romania’s most iconic park a chance to survive

AsoP Bucharest offered the city a joint project for the redevelopment, management and financing of Cismigiu Garden

The Bucharest Landspace Association (AsoP Bucharest) announced its plans to join forces with the local authorities in the Romanian capital to revive the iconic Cismigiu Gardens. Today, the Association submitted a proposition in City Hall outlining the extent of the cooperation, the specific areas set for redevelopment, a management plan and the financing options.

An iconic Bucharest landmark

The Cismigiu Garden was built in 1847 on a site previously home to a fishing lake and a vineyard. The city commissioned two horticulture experts from Germany for the design of the park and they worked for close to 20 years, gathering tree species and moulding the environment.

Now the park stands proudly in the heart of Bucharest, as the largest green space in the city centre. It gets around 5,000 visitors every day and is an extremely important space providing recreational and historic value for the citizens.

This is why AsoP Bucharest is eager to get their chance at managing the park, as currently there is no solid idea regarding its future development. The responsibilities for the Cismigiu Gardens fall to a large extent on the city authorities who seem to lack landscaping foresight.

However, the Association is ready to provide all the necessary expertise needed to develop and implement an adequate management plan. They are also ready to take up the mantle of securing a financial mechanism for their projects. In essence, their agreement proposes that they take on the lion’s share of the responsibility for the park.

AsoP Bucharest commented on their Facebook page, saying that they aim to attract funding to accomplish everything in their power to offer Romania’s most iconic park a chance to survive. Furthermore, they claimed that a continuous collaboration between them and local authorities could provide a working model for park management both for Bucharest and for the rest of Romania.



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