Portal: 13 kilometer park to be built in Tallinn

Putukaväil, or Insect Passage, is a 13 kilometer park to be built in Tallinn.
Putukaväil, or Insect Passage, is a 13 kilometer park to be built in Tallinn. Source: Augmented Urbans/YouTube

In the years ahead, the City of Tallinn is planning on building a 13 kilometer park stretching from Kopli in Northern Tallinn District to Astangu in Haabersti District, establishing a green corridor to be called Putukaväil, or Insect Passage.

According to Anna Semjonova, an urban planner with the City of Tartu, the name of the park, which will trace a path along an old stretch of railroad, is a nod to the many species of pollinators taking advantage of the favorable meadow landscape that currently exists underneath high-voltage aerial lines along the route, online portal Rohegeenius writes (link in Estonian).

"The fact that the entire green corridor is very species-rich in the Astangu area in particular was also backed by a University of Tartu study of pollinators last year," Semjonova said, adding that the situation isn't as good at its northern end in Northern Tallinn, but could be improved easily by mowing less and planting more pollinator-supporting species in the future park.

Plans for the first, northernmost section of the new park are scheduled to be completed by Kino Maastikuarhitektid by Midsummer, and according to Semjonova, a planned bike path stretching from Pelguranna to the city center and Kristiine District should eventually be joined by a new tram line as well.

Interactive graffiti is planned to be introduced on the walls of garages in Northern Tallinn by the end of this summer that will help inform city residents of plans for the future park and surrounding areas.


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Editor: Aili Vahtla

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