Creating a recreation zone near Itäkeskus
A small outdoor sports area in Itäkeskus, in triangle shaped greenspace between Turunlinnanpolku and Turunlinnantie.
Nowadays Itäkeskus area is regarded by residents as dysfunctional and even rather dangerous. Creating a recreation zone (possibly with Asukastalo/Community Centre) for kids and adults at the crossroads of Turunlinnantie and Korsholmantie will definitely improve well-being of area residents, engage them in more active social life and promote outdoor recreation.
According to the information from the City experts, parking areas are private property, so it is not possible to put playgrounds or sports equipment there. Moreover, the City has recognized the need for a playground in Itäkeskus, but because of the metro and car traffic noise, it has been very difficult to find a suitable area near the big streets.
Therefore, we agree with the suggestion of the City to create a small outdoor sports area in the middle of the parking lot (there is a small triangle shaped greenspace with grass and trees. That area ( showen at the attatchement 1) is the only one in that direction where the noise level remains somehow reasonable (45-50 dB). The area could include a variety of outdoor sports equipment depending on the size.
Also, it would be great if it's possible to improve the situation with bicycle lanes, e.g. if you ride from Kontula to Itäkeskus, you need to ride on a narrow path for pedestrians sharing it with pedestrians, runners, and other bicycles. Some of those paths require repairing and are in terrible condition.
Budgeting: advice from the City experts
# 'Neighbourhood Mothers' community proposal and idea 'Creating a recreation zone near Itäkeskus' (Nicehearts ry) #