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Botanicos: This will be the largest park in Athens with a total area of ​​215 acres

Botanicos: This will be the largest park in Athens with a total area of ​​215 acres

As part of a twin redevelopment plan, plans and a study to create common green spaces in the Botanikos area were unanimously approved by the Athens City Council tonight. The creation of green spaces in Eleonas is a project of fundamental importance in the city, of local importance, which leads to the ecological and aesthetic improvement of the degraded former industrial area, and “reintegrates nature” into the urban structure. Athens.

At the heart of the project is its formulation The largest urban park created in Athens Over the last hundred years or so. about this 215 acres of greenery in total area 260 acres. To understand the size of the park, it is mentioned field of Areos Created in 1934, it is in area 277 acres (with Lofos Finopoulos).

By creating this particular park west of Athens, the imaginary circle Big green “lungs” of the city (Lykavittos, National Garden, Plato’s Academy, etc.) thereby contributing decisively to the protection and resilience of Athens against the effects of the climate crisis and the destruction of the natural wealth of Mount Barnitas.

“We are gradually protecting the – until recently – defenseless city against the dangers created by the climate crisis and its consequences. The double redevelopment project that “vehicles” the new stadium of Panathinaikos in Botanyikos, when it is completed, will provide two very important oxygen to Athens. “Also in the area. Our commitments are kept and words turn into actions,” stressed the Athens mayor. Kostas Bagoyannis, Speaking at City Council.

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AfterLarge urban lungs Together with the planned improvement of the infrastructure (road construction projects, network construction, sidewalks, etc.), the complete regeneration of the Eleonas area and the creation of a real landscape that resists the effects of the climate crisis.

For his part, the Deputy Mayor for Urban and Building Infrastructure and City Planning, Vasilis Oxyotis, Emphasised: “We said that the Panathinaikos Stadium project in Botanyikos would have a dual goal for us. To expand the city and develop Panathinaikos. We are putting this commitment into practice with today’s approval by the Municipal Council of the Municipality of Athens of a study for a dual redevelopment and the creation of green spaces in the wider area of ​​Eleonas. “Extending the city to the neighborhood. The new modern metropolitan park is our legacy for the next generation of Athens”.

3,563 new trees, 102,000 shrubs, rain gardens, artificial hills and a 950 square meter lake. In the new park

In particular, the design of the new park is governed by the most modern principles of sustainability, achieving the improvement of the microclimate and contributing to the reduction of the urban heat island phenomenon.

During its creation, they are planted 3,563 large evergreen plants And deciduous trees, 102,000 shrubs; At the same time, they will be kept 18,520 sq.m. Grassland, 1,560 sq. m. Mediterranean grassland, 800 cm. rain garden, At the same time it will also be created A lake is 950 square meters. Acts as a cradle Biodiversity.

A revival of history is proposed olive groves, Strengthen urban biodiversity and create nesting sites for urban birds, create eco-zones to ensure conditions for natural regeneration of new seedlings from seeds.

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The Park It is designed to ensure perfect microclimatic conditions, creating a cool natural environment in which visitors can enjoy their walks and relax in the city.

Native plants greek plants, Mediterranean scrublands, self-sufficient natural regeneration areas, rain gardens (rain gardens) at designated locations for rain management, Community crops, urban forests And Green Islands, Lake, Also many water features, environmental awareness and visitor education make up the park. At the same time, strengthening the biodiversity of the region’s flora and fauna is a major concern.

They will be created in the park mountains, The use of mortar and aggregates of the project will contribute to the positive ecological footprint of the new green spaces, as they will limit the traffic to remove materials from the project site.

Parts of it Central squares and the sites they host Refreshment stops, They are limited by emphasizing the use of bioclimatic and eco-friendly materials characterized by both water permeability and naturalness.

The A modern urban park of Eleonas It will give visitors an opportunity to escape from everyday life and take advantage of the different experiential opportunities it offers depending on the time they have available.

Bakoyannis: Athens is getting the largest park in its modern history

“Athens is getting the largest park in its modern history. Minutes ago, the municipal council voted to create 215 acres of greenery in Botanico as part of a double renovation. Thousands of new trees, rain gardens, artificial mountains and a lake. A project has already received the necessary resources to become a reality, and Athens will never forget. It provides a greener lung than before. The goal is to finish before the stadium by the end of 2025,” Athens Mayor Kostas Bagoyiannis wrote on social media.

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