Košice botanical garden closed in summer. Was it a good decision?

The management rejects criticism, saying repairs must be done this summer.

The botanical garden building in Košice.The botanical garden building in Košice.(Source: Korzár/Judita Čermáková)

The botanical garden in Košice will remain closed this summer. There are several reasons for this decision, said Pavol Mártonfi, who is responsible for the botanical garden.

“The number of visitors in summer is not, paradoxically, the highest,” he said, as quoted by the Korzár daily.

Another reason is the planned reconstruction, which turned the garden into a construction site. The work will cost €530,000 and include the changes and modernisation of the electrical installation.

Moreover, the building will be painted and the ground as well as furniture will be changed. One of the glasshouses will get an overhaul.

“We will modernise a lower pool for water plants, which is in disrepair,” Mártonfi added, as quoted by Korzár.

The reconstruction is expected to be completed on September 15.

No better date

“I think they could have chosen a better time of the year to repair the site than the summer holiday,” said one of the visitors who wanted to come with her children, as quoted by Korzár.

Mártonfi opposed, claiming that only 2,000 people visit the botanical garden in summer, while the number rises to more than 10,000 visitors in June. Besides, they did not want to disrupt the teaching at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University (UPJŠ) in Košice.

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“The building serves as a learning facility for UPJŠ's Faculty of Science,” he explained, as quoted by Korzár.

Moreover, the reconstruction work could not be done in winter, although there are the fewest visitors in December and January.

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