The Bratislava Water-Management Company (BVS) offered the public a new space to relax near the Water-Management Museum: the unused company garden was revitalised for the public by the BVS and opened on September 21. This year, it will be open until the end of November.
The garden is in fact a park about one hectare big, which combines a floodplain forest with an open garden, accessible even for wheelchairs. It is accessible via the cycling path alongside the Danube on Devínska Street. Where the cycling path crosses the garden, there is a “cycle-point” with bicycle stands, information boards, benches and also playing space for children. There is also a stage which can host events in summer.
The priority is to use and show water in different ways, the TASR newswire wrote. Thus, two drinking-water fountains were installed, a historical and a modern one, as well as a bigger fountain depicting a boy with a heron. “This is a faithful replica of an original fountain which stood in the place of today’s Lafranconi Bridge where gardens used to stand in the past,” Milan Trstenský of the BVS told TASR. “We borrowed it from the City Museum.” He added that the renovation and revitalisation works were more complex than originally anticipated, and lasted longer. Originally, the garden was supposed to open in the summer.
It is available for the public daily from 10:00 to 18:00. “In winter, the garden will rest, or we will maybe finish the features that will be still asked for by the public,” Trstenský explained. Over the coming years, BVS plans to revitalise the whole area of three hectares. The project “Garden for All / Záhrada pre všetkých” is a loose continuation of a project from the years 2006 to 2007, the goal of which was to improve environment for Bratislava inhabitants in an urbanised milieu.
15. Oct 2012 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská