Chrobry Square in Bielsko-Biała is going green. The investment is fast approaching. The city is currently waiting for the final formal verification of its application in order to sign a contract under the LIFE integrated programme entitled ‘Śląskie. Bringing back the blue. Comprehensive Implementation of the Air Protection Programme for the Silesian Voivodeship’, which is set to completely change the face of this part of the city centre.
If all goes according to plan, the city will receive more than €467,000 for this project, without having to provide a contribution of its own. Design work for the greening of Chrobry Square, which will be supported by specialists from the Silesian Botanical Garden and in which residents will participate, will begin later this year. Implementation is scheduled for 2025. The city still has to carry out the final formal verification of the application and sign the contract.
Chrobry Square at present. Photo: Department of Municipal Economy in Bielsko-Biała
The programme “Silesia. Restoring the blue’ provides for such actions as: introducing greenery – trees and shrubs – where it is missing; enriching the area with elements of infrastructure and equipment, e.g. benches, tables, canopies, paths; improving the quality of the place commonly used by the inhabitants – e.g. greening a city square or transforming an ordinary pedestrian or bicycle route into a green promenade or a green bicycle route; creating a place for residence and recreation, such as a park, a larger green area; creating forest-like trees.
The aim of these measures is to improve air quality by increasing the area of green spaces. The Silesian Botanical Garden will provide substantive supervision of the projects. Each of the municipalities that are co-beneficiaries of the project could submit one or more areas that they intend to enrich with greenery with the intention of transforming them into green public spaces to alleviate air quality problems.
Changing the character of Chrobry Square – from a concrete desert to a green oasis – will be a milestone for this representative and historic space in the centre of Bielsko-Biała.
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