Pocket parks (called Ogrody Krakowian) are relevant small public spaces that give the opportunity to spend free time for all residents – regardless of age, interests or needs. They are not only the vibrant centers of the local communities, but also habitats for plants and animals improving wellbeing and biodiversity in the city.
Thanks to them, even the smallest forgotten space can become a green and peaceful oasis in the concrete tissue of the city.
We want every resident of Krakow not to go further than 250 m to the green area.
Ogrody Krakowian are created through the city – both in the center and on the outskirts. It is a socially just project, where all the citiziens have equal rights to them. Before creating all of the 15 pocket parks last year high quality public spaces were characteristics only for the city center. We plan to rethink the whole city: narrow interstellar spaces, forgotten park squares or distant yards on the outskirts of the city. Our plan is to create over 50 more pocket parks till 2022. We want to make a better place to live in for people in the present and for those who will live here in the future.
We kick off designing pocket parks with an open debate where together with residents we discuss their needs and leading theme to highlight local identity. Being able to relate to public spaces helps building social integrity, increases sense of security and awareness of its importance.