The park by the Gdansk University of Technology has been created on the slope of Mount Szubieniczna. The area of the new green space is 7,500 square metres. The green area is full of new planting, small architecture and walking paths. It is worth noting that the polytechnic building next to which the park was created houses the most modern IT complex in Poland – the STOS PG Competence Centre. In the basement of the building, the supercomputer “Kraken” was placed, the name of which was chosen by the inhabitants of the Tricity in an online voting. The construction of the park cost just over PLN 3.5 million.
The new park at Gdansk University of Technology was officially opened on Thursday, 19 October, during a press conference attended by the university’s authorities: the rector of PG, Prof. Krzysztof Wilde, the vice-rector of PG, Prof. Dariusz Mikielewicz, the university’s chancellor, Mariusz Miler – as well as the city authorities, represented by the deputy mayor of Gdansk for social development and equal treatment, Monika Chabior. The meeting was also attended by: Krzysztof Koprowski and Ewa Woźna – chairman and deputy chairman of the Board of the Upper Wrzeszcz District, and Monika Mazurowska – chairman of the Board of the Aniołki District
– In realising the construction of the CK STOS PG, we have additionally decided to create a space which will allow our academic community and the residents of Wrzeszcz and Aniołki, i.e. PG’s closest neighbours, to relax and integrate,” emphasises Prof. Krzysztof Wilde, rector of PG. – We invite all residents and guests of Gdansk to use the park, and we are happy to contribute to the green transformation of our city
– Counteracting the effects of climate change is one of the most important challenges of the modern world. In Gdańsk we are aware of this and we are glad that the PG authorities think the same way – said Monika Chabior, Deputy Mayor of Gdańsk. – It is extremely important that we take care of green spaces in the city and create new ones. Just like the park we are in, which is a great example of this. I am convinced that it will become a permanent part of the landscape of Wrzeszcz and will be visited on a daily basis
The creation of the park is part of the ‘PG Climate Plan’ adopted by the university, which concerns both the scientific and research sphere (scientific research on solutions to combat climate change), the quality of education (including the creation of curricula related to energy transformation and adaptation to climate change) and precisely the university’s infrastructure
– We actively participate in the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and we are implementing the strategy set out in the ‘PG Climate Plan’,” – said Prof. Dariusz Mikielewicz, PG Vice-Rector for Organisation and Development. – Creating green spaces on campus, such as this park, is one of the proofs of our activity in this area. We want our campus to be increasingly green and friendly,” he added
– The design of the park included environmentally friendly and energy-saving solutions, added Mariusz Miler, PG Chancellor. – In addition, fulfilling the educational objectives of the campus, an open-air classroom in the type of an amphitheatre, an open gym, park paths and gravel squares wrapped in flower meadows were created in the park. We also took care of the diversity of plant species with more than 1,500 plantings. We have created an attractive new space and a walking path connecting the University’s campus with Szubieniczny Hill, where Gdańsk’s largest water reservoir, Stary Sobieski, is located with a vantage point, as well as Nostalgic Park, created in 2018 on a preserved part of a former urn cemetery
The park, which was designed by arch. Zbigniew Reszka (Arch Deco architectural studio), you can therefore encounter species such as the creased rose, creeping yew, grapevine, sugar miscanthus, perennials, swamp elm, branch coneflower, common yarrow, and brilliant rudbeckia. Eighteen small-leaved lime trees, 300 ‘Nana’ purple willow bushes, and a ‘Pendula’ beech (the so-called weeping beech) and a rain garden were also planted in the central part of the park
The park, the construction of which cost just over PLN 3.5 million, raised from the university’s own funds, will be available around the clock. To illuminate it at night, energy-efficient park lamps have been used, whose shape and colour complement the aesthetic and spatial qualities of the new space
The new green space given to the residents is an integral part of the CK STOS PG complex, which, with its shape and the division into two parts used in it, has given a new character to Traugutta Street and at the same time continues the assumptions of the spatial development plan of the PG campus. The building and the park are also an extension of the PG Main Building’s compositional axis, so that it now forms a harmonious whole
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