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Rakova Jelša

A brownfield site has become a lovely park.

CLEANED UP FOR USE BY THE GENERAL PUBLIC

The Rakova Jelša Park project germinated as an idea as part of the VISIONS ARE series of exhibitions by Ljubljana Architects' Society, which draw attention to Ljubljana's overlooked problems and many underexploited areas of the city. 

PART OF NATURA 2000

The goal of the project was to link the city with Ljubljana Marsh Landscape Park on the N – S axis towards the Ljubljanica and to transform degraded land into recreational areas by cleaning it up, greening it and adding   street furniture.

We rehabilitated the area and gave it over to the public by investing in less demanding steps. We enabled residents access to enjoy their free time in a unique natural environment. The park also supplements the ecological and functional links with other major green areas in Ljubljana. The point of contact between the city and the marsh was declared a Landscape Park in 2008, and included in NATURA 2000 due to the conservation of wild birds. 

TODAY

Sandy footpaths have been laid out between areas and new info boards, wooden street furniture and a small children's playground installed; it is foreseen to have public toilets and a small building for hiring out and storing barbecues.

The project has set up a walking axis from the city to the entrance to the Landscape Park. A once degraded environment has been ecologically renaturalised and planted with native trees. The park is intended for free-time activities, socialising and observing birds and nature. The new public spaces have linked and rounded off the existing footpaths, cycle routes and waterways of the regional hinterland and thus contributed to the active implementation of sustainable mobility in the city and its environs.

REMOVAL OF A LARGE QUANTITY OF WASTE

During the project, we removed building waste, asbestos, huge quantities of tyres and other communal waste. Non-native vegetation was removed and invasive alien species will be subjected to a lengthy process of disposal. The pre-existing concrete platforms of smaller buildings were retained which are intended to be picnic areas with barbecues.  

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MINI SURVEY

Did you know that the Rakova jelša area has been transformed completely?

Yes, great move.
50% (7 votes)
I've heard, but I haven't seen it yet.
21% (3 votes)
No, but I'd like to see it.
14% (2 votes)
No.
14% (2 votes)
Total votes: 14

THERE WERE ONCE NOT MANY BIRDS

The formerly degraded land has been ecologically renaturalised and planted with native trees. The park is intended for free-time activities, socialising and observing birds and nature. The new public spaces have linked and rounded off the existing footpaths, cycle routes and waterways of the regional hinterland and thus contributed to the active implementation of sustainable mobility in the city and its environs.

 THE NUMBER OF REMOVED WASTE (IN TONS)
ASBESTOS15
BUILDING WASTE300

DID YOU KNOW?

Due to the former unregulated workers' settlement, the Rakova Jelša area still has a negative image. Its dedication as a park is an attempt to rehabilitate the name of this suburb of the city. 

Removal of

300

tons of building waste.

Removal of

15

tons of asbestos.

Only

1

month to implement the project.

At least

8

bird species from the Red List of threatened species.

Up to

36,450

square meters

of sand and 340 square meters of asphalt in newly laid out walking-recreational areas.

In the area up to

4,265

square meters

of managed green space.

In the area up to

78

new street furniture:

35 benches, 7 rubbish bins, 20 posts, and 14 info boards.

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