ASTANA – The city akimat (administration) is responding to resident requests for increased landscaping, public infrastructure and recreational facilities with plans to build additional thematic parks and squares.
“It is of particular importance for us to build parks and squares on the right bank of the city. We did not give the land lots to commercial projects after demolishing old buildings, but earmarked them for parks and squares with playgrounds and sports facilities as citizens have asked us to. This year, 13 squares and boulevards will be constructed and five more will be built next year. I am convinced that such construction will improve the quality of city infrastructure,” said Akim (Mayor) Asset Issekeshev.
Eighteen parks and squares will be equipped with 85 attractions, 115 pieces of sports equipment, 18 football and basketball fields, tennis courts, 17 kilometres of bicycle lanes, 30 fountains, 12 kilometres of jogging lanes and two skateparks.
Each square and boulevard will be dedicated to a specific theme. The square near 5 Birzhan Sal Street will be named Park of Suitcases as it is located near a railway station, while the park on Pushkin Street will be called The Great Wall of China.
The recreation site at the intersection of Republic and Dukenuly streets will be known as the Square of Astronomy and Cosmonautics. The Square of Stones, resembling a Japanese rock garden, will be on Saryarka Avenue, and Math Square will have facilities for playing chess.
The parks also include Literature Square with bookshelves and benches for readers and Boulevard of Arts on Kenessary Street with a wall for painting. Boulevards will also be constructed along Abai Avenue and Mailin Street.
A botanical garden on the left bank as well as reconstruction works in Arai Park will be completed this year. The recreation sites will feature outdoor shopping spots.
Plans are underway this season to plant 386,000 trees, 178,000 of which will grow in the new parks and squares. Approximately 312,000 trees were planted in the city last year.
Four more squares and one boulevard will be built in 2019 on Esenberlin, Moldagulova and Zheltoksan streets and Zhenis Avenue.