I.Metshin on the creation of the largest ecosystem along the Kazanka River: “There is nothing like this throughout the country”
The largest ecosystem consisting of 12 coastal parks
along the Kazanka River, unique for Russia, will be created in the capital of
Tatarstan. The Mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin today at the Business Monday at the
Executive Committee of the city noted the importance of the project, which is
recognized as an environmental, economic, educational resource for the sustainable
development of the city.
The head of the city thanked Tatarstan President Rustam
Minnikhanov, who initiated the strategy of development of the Kazanka River coastal
territories, as well as the government of the republic. “There is nothing like
this throughout the country. We hope that gradually in the near future we will
see the first islands of a large environmentally important project for Kazan”, -
the Mayor expressed hope.
Ilsiyar Tukhvatullina, the chief architect of the
city, told about the characteristics of the development strategy of the Kazanka
River coastal territories. The project covers an area of 3 thousand hectares
from the Blue Lakes to the Volga and is designed to unite the city around the
country's first national park within the city boarders, she said. It is planned
to create 12 coastal parks. “The total area of new parks around Kazanka will be
1536 ha– this is the size of 5 central parks in New York. Implementation of the
strategy will allow increasing the size of park areas in Kazan by five times.
The length of the coastline within the city will be 68 km”, - said the chief architect
of the city.
The first implemented project of the strategy was the
embankment from the Kazan National center to the Millennium Bridge. A street
stage and an amphitheater opened at the embankment as an extension of the
National Library, mini-golf and volleyball grounds, multifunctional green
areas. Landscaping of the embankment continued near the Millennium Bridge,
where the Uram extreme park opened last summer.
According to I. Tukhvatullina, within the framework of
the concept, a Knowledge park will be established under the building of the
Tatarstan National Library, it will symbolically continue the educational
function of the territory.
The project of the “Russian-German Switzerland” eco-park
is designed to set new trends in approaches to natural areas. The
Russian-German Switzerland will become a space for eco-friendliness, eco therapy
trainings and intellectual recreation in the city center and a place for
inspiration by natural and cultural heritage,”- the chief architect shared the
Ilsiyar Tukhvatullina believes the Manzara Park with a
view of the Kremlin from the park Kyrlay will be popular in any season of the
year. “In the summer, you can walk and learn about the history of the city on
bicycle and hiking tours – or just relax on the main city beach. In winter, an
outdoor ice rink will work in the park“, - the chief architect said.
One of the best landscape architects in France –
Michel Pena-will develop a project for the development of the territory along
Sibgat Khakim Street from the Millennium Bridge to the Kremlin (Leninskaya)
Dam. On this site there will be a park “Gardens at Kazanka”, which will stretch
from the Kazan Family Center to the Riviera entertainment complex.
In the Admiralteiskaya Sloboda there will be a park
Old Kazanka, where it is planned to hold thematic events that reveal the
identity of the historical area, as well as seasonal fairs and lectures. The
festival site will also be created on the territory of the Central Stadium of
The new park near the Ak Bars Arena stadium will unite
the main sports venues of the city and become a center where existing sports
communities are being improved and new ones are being formed.
The park Bay of Kazanka along the railway near the Livadia
sanatorium will be the main meeting place for fans of extreme water sports.
According to the chief architect, the largest
ecological park in the city will be the Park of Five Rivers in the area of the
inflow of small rivers to Kazanka and to the Blue Lakes.
The Su Alany eco-park from the Borisoglebskoye
airfield will become the main scientific and educational park of Kazanka, as
well as the center for the development of programs for the green economy of the
Another big project is the creation of the Savinovo district
park, where residents can walk along the green embankment, and discover more in
the history of the district. Ilsur Metshin emphasized that a lot of work has
been done on Gavrilov Street to preserve green spaces.
Speaking in general about the strategy of development
of the coastal areas of Kazanka, the Mayor noted that the project mainly is
designed to improve the ecology of the city. “As the Mayor, it is important for
me that we leave natural areas, release them from construction and make
environmentally important decisions for the city-decisions for the future”, - the