99% of Ostrava’s main green areas are accessible to the public.

Fact sheets

Brownfields

The number of brownfields in Ostrava (2010). Brownfields are former industrial sites that were abandoned after the closure of factories, mines, etc.

Brownfields

Total area of brownfields in Ostrava (2010).

Brownfields as a percentage of Ostrava’s total area (2010).

Ostrava’s three largest brownfields are Lower Vítkovice, Nová Karolina and the Hrušov Zone.

Lower Vítkovice

A globally unique historic former industrial complex (ironworks) situated in the heart of Ostrava. Now transformed into an internationally renowned centre for culture and education. 

Total area of the complex.

Area currently used.

Lower Vítkovice

Number of visitors in 2016 (including the Landek Park complex also managed by Lower Vítkovice).

Position in the top 5 most visited locations in the Czech Republic.

Hrušov zone

The Hrušov Zone is a “social brownfield”. It was not an industrial site, but a residential area for workers at the nearby factories and mines.

Hrušov zone

All of the land at the Hrušov Zone is now owned by the City of Ostrava.

The City is currently seeking a developer as a partner to help transform the site.

Nová Karolina

Total area.

Built area.

Area where construction is currently ongoing.

Nová Karolina

An entirely new city centre quarter on the site of a former coking plant.

 

Nová Karolina

 

 

Projects

  • Renovation of Za Biskupstvím Park
  • Renovation of U Boříka Park
  • Za Lunou Greenery
  • Savarin Greenery
  • Slaughterhouse complex reconstruction
  • Refill project
  • Public involvement projects
  • Clearance of the Heřmanice slag-heap
  • Cleanup of the Ostramo lagoons
  • Revitalization of the Pustkovec valley
  • Benátky Forest Park revitalization
  • Cingrův sad Park
  • City centre park areas revitalization
  • Perennial beds throughout the city
  • Expansion of the Bělský Les education centre
  • Bělský Les tree-planting
  • Revitalization of urban greenery
  • Revitalization of the Komenského Sady park
  • Revitalization of the Ostravice River
  • TES projects
  • Green screens
  • Tree planting by ArcelorMittal Ostrava
  • Landek National Nature Reserve
  • Eco-friendly weed removal
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Ostrava
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Renovation of Za Biskupstvím Park

The objective of the project is to restore existing public green spaces. This includes line, group and solitary planting of trees, planting and rejuvenating grassy areas, perennial plants and shrubs, maintaining the existing greenery, and repairing and building roads, small buildings, and outdoor furniture.

Schedule of the construction: 2019/20 (construction)

 

Place
Ostrava, Nová Ves Municipal District
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Renovation of U Boříka Park

The objective of the project is to restore existing public green spaces. This includes line, group and solitary planting of trees, planting and rejuvenating grassy areas, perennial plants and shrubs, maintaining the existing greenery, and repairing and building roads, small buildings, and outdoor furniture.

A public tender for preparation of the documentation for planning proceedings, engineering and author’s supervision is currently being prepared.

Place
Ostrava
Address
Patrice Lumumby and Kosmonautů streets
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Za Lunou Greenery

The project includes the maintenance of existing trees and shrubs, new planting, new solutions for paved areas and roads (including an in-line skating route), landscaping and adding outdoor furniture. The objective is the overall restoration of the area between Partice Lumumby and Kosmonautů streets (Ostrava-Jih Municipal District) behind the cinema Luna (increasing the grassy and planted areas).

Schedule of the construction: 2018/19 (construction)

 

Place
Ostrava
Address
Dr. Martínka Street
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Savarin Greenery

The project includes the maintenance of the existing trees and shrubs, new plantings, new solutions for paved areas and roads, landscaping and adding outdoor furniture. The aim is to restore the existing public green space in the inner courtyard and near the entranceways in the housing estate (Dr. Martínka Street in Ostrava-Jih Municipal District).

Schedule of the construction: 2018/19 (construction)

Place
Ostrava
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Slaughterhouse complex reconstruction

Built in 1881 with distinctive open brickwork facades, the slaughterhouse is one of Ostrava´s most valuable historic buildings. The historic slaughterhouse complex (currently derelict) will be transformed into a unique space for the city´s PLATO gallery. In 2017 an international architectural competition was held to find suitable designs.

The City Council has approved the public order related to the architectonic study and the project documentation for the reconstruction of the slaughterhouse. The Polish architectonic studio KWK Promes by the architect Robert Konieczny, whose proposal was ranked the third in the architectonic competition, has become the selected project officer. The contract between the City and KWK Promes may be concluded only after 15 days, which make the period for the submission of objections.

The order has been approved by the City Council during their meeting on the 12th December. “The architect Robert Konieczny had fulfilled all formal terms and conditions and expressed his readiness to conclude the contract. The City Council has thus decided on the project officer selection and on the contract conclusion with KWK Promes by the architect Robert Konieczny. Following the Public Order Act, the fifteen day period for the submission of objections has thus started running today. The contract can be formally concluded only after this period,” said the City Mayor Tomáš Macura.

The public order includes the preparation of the architectonic study, individual stages of the project documentation, the execution of engineering activities and the activities by the health and safety coordinator, and the execution of the author’s supervision in the course of the implementation of the object of the city abattoir reconstruction for purposes of the gallery Plato Ostrava. The highest possible price has been determined at CZK 14 million without DPH (VAT). The implementation price of the reconstruction must not exceed CZK 150 million.

The bid within the tender procedure, related to the project documentation, was announced in June this year by the company Petr Hájek Architects, which was the author of the winning proposal in the architectonic competition, and the named Polish studio, the proposal of which was the third. The Slovak company Zerozero from Prešov, the proposal of which was ranked the second, has excused itself and has not submitted any bid. The Commission has selected the company by the architect Petr Hájek, which presented the best bid from the economic point of view. However, the company has refused to conclude the contract with the City.

The City thus asked the second ranked participant – the Polish studio, for the contract conclusion. Project documentation contract between the City and the polish studio was signed on the 10th of January 2018.

Place
Ostrava
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Refill project

As part of URBACT, Ostrava has become a partner in the REFILL project; its aim is to find temporary uses for vacant spaces (unused, abandoned, derelict land and buildings) and to establish such forms of temporary use as a standard practice. The project is part-financed by URBACT III (85%) and partly by the City (15%). Ostrava’s partners in the project are nine other European cities; the project is implemented on an international level via experience-sharing among the partner cities, and on a local level by local working groups. The City has the role of decision-maker (it sets the conditions for temporary use of the premises). The owners of the sites determine the function of the site and the duration of the temporary use, and the users comply with the conditions set by the City and the owner and invest in the development of the sites.

 

 

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Ostrava
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Public involvement projects

The City involves members of the public in urban development via a range of public debates, happenings, exhibitions, engagement activities and specific programmes.

The grant programme ‘Revitalization of Public Spaces in Ostrava’ aims to encourage the gradual revitalization and aesthetic improvement of public spaces that are currently non-functional or unaesthetic; the key principle is to involve members of the general public in the process of improving quality of life and creating public spaces. It was was published by the city in January. Sixteen project applications were submitted, out of which 11 succeeded and were financially supported.

One of these is the restoration of statues in the Milady Horákové orchard. These four, valued statues were sculpted during the International Symposium of Spatial Forms, held in Ostrava in 1967 and 1969. The city of Ostrava provided this project with 99,000 Czech koruna for the restoration.

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Ostrava
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Clearance of the Heřmanice slag-heap

The Hermanice slag-heap is the largest slag-heap complex in the Ostrava region and represents one of its main environmental burdens. It is a dump site for mining waste that was created at a time when technology did not yet allow coal to be completely separated from the waste rock with which it was mined. The slag-heap thus contains not only rock, but also remnants of coal; this material characteristically burns under the surface with low levels of oxygen present, releasing harmful pollutants into the atmosphere. The only way of dealing with this problem permanently is to completely clear the slag-heap and to separate the coal from the rock.

This process is currently in its pilot phase; full operations will be launched next year, and the slag-heap will be completely cleared within 10 years. At full capacity the equipment can sort up to 350 t of rock/coal per hour. A wet process is used, ensuring that the burning material will be completely extinguished. The sorted materials can be used in construction and energy production; the rocks will also be used in modelling the terrain at the site.

This unique sorting operation will bring up to 100 jobs. 80 people are currently employed in the pilot phase; full-capacity operations will require 30 employees (plus dozens more at auxiliary operations and services).

Place
Ostrava
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Cleanup of the Ostramo lagoons

The oil lagoons at the site of the former Ostramo chemical plant are one of the Czech Republic’s most serious ecological burdens. Around 200 000 tonnes of oil sludge were dumped there by an oil refinery that operated at the site from the late 19th century to the end of the 20th century. In 1965 the Ostramo company also began dumping waste from the recycling of used lubricants. The company was closed down in 1996, and in the same year the Czech government took over the site in order to clean up the waste; the state-owned company DIAMO was entrusted with this job.

The site has three lagoons separated from each other by earth embankments, plus one lagoon in a pit at a former brickworks. The site also includes around 18 hectares of industrial premises owned by a private company.

The City of Ostrava regularly urges the Ministry of the Environment, the Czech government and the Prime Minister to comply with the agreed schedule for the cleanup of the lagoons – and to carry out the work in such a way as to minimize the negative impacts on local people’s health and quality of life.

Part of the lagoons has already been cleared. However, 100 000 tonnes of oil materials and 400 000 tonnes of contaminated soil still remain to be cleared.

The City and the Region insist on a permanent solution which will not lead to recurring problems in the future, ensuring that the site can be repurposed as an industrial zone or a similar facility.

Place
Ostrava, Pustkovec Municipal District
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Revitalization of the Pustkovec valley

This is one of the most beautiful green areas in the western part of Ostrava. The existing parkland will be complemented by new plantings and flower meadows. The project will also revitalize the Pustkovec stream and pond, including a water playpark, new wooden piers and park furniture. The stream will be restored to its original natural state, creating small pools which will retain water during dry periods and facilitate the spread of flora and fauna in the area.

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Ostrava
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Benátky Forest Park revitalization

The forest (covering an area of 23,7 hectares) is the site of a former open-air swimming pool and an area of ponds known as “Benátky”. The area will be revitalized and opened up to the public as a sports and leisure destination. The ponds – a unique biotope within the city – will be revitalized, including the creation of a leisure meadow with a kiosk, a children´s play area and an outdoor fitness facility for adults.

Place
Ostrava
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Cingrův sad Park

This large meadow is flanked on all sides by major roads and railways. Plans for revitalization include new footpaths, benches, tree-planting and lines of shrubs which will shield the park from the noise of the surrounding transport arteries.

Place
Ostrava
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City centre park areas revitalization

The city centre will come to life in a festival of colours thanks to new ornamental trees, shrubs and flowers – a total of 86 trees, 2 500 shrubs, 2 000 different grasses and ferns, 9 200 perennials and 17 400 bulb flowers. The revitalization project will cover an area of Černa louka complex, Trojhalí and Nová Karolina.

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Ostrava
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Perennial beds throughout the city

Thanks to plantings of perennials in 2017, the city will gain over 0,5 ha of new greenery and thousands of new trees, shrubs and plants at 17 unconventional locations throughout the city. the planned plantings of mixed perennials will be selferegulating and will thus not require intensive maintenance.

Expansion of the Bělský Les education centre

This project followed on from two already completed projects – ‘Brownfields regeneration – Bělský Les’ and ‘ Bělský Les – tree-planting’; as part of these projects, unsuitable concrete surfaces and roadways were removed, several small buildings were demolished, existing greenery was revitalized and new greenery planted at this former barracks site.

New educational trails were built, and a complete learning programme was devised to accompany the trails (as part of the ‘Forest School’ education programme). The individual points on the trail are equipped with roofed shelters and summerhouses, a system of information panels, displays of plants, and park furniture.

Bělský Les tree-planting

After carrying out preparatory work to regenerate and renew the green areas, trees and shrubs at this former barracks site (the project ‘Brownfields regeneration – Bělský Les’), a total of 4000 new trees and 1000 new shrubs were planted. The total area covered by the project was 9.9 hectares.

Implementation/completion: 8 – 12/2014

Place
Ostrava
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Revitalization of urban greenery

In the first half of June 2015 work was completed on this project, which involved the revitalization of existing green areas and the planting of new greenery at 7 selected parks in 4 municipal districts (Slezská Ostrava, Pustkovec, Mariánské Hory a Hulváky, Michálkovice) and alterations to the entry-points to several forested areas in Ostrava (Osošník, Porubský Les, Hulvácký Les, Korýtko, Bělský Les), including the treatment of trees in the vicinity of the entry-points to ensure their future health.

A total 1318 existing trees were treated as part of the project, 902 new trees were planted, a total area of 5 998 m2 was thinned and cleared, and 39 196 m2 of lawns and grassy areas were revitalized.

Implementation/completion: 01-06/2015

Place
Ostrava
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Revitalization of the Komenského Sady park

This extensive park in the heart of Ostrava’s central district is one of the largest urban parks in the Czech Republic, covering around 30 hectares and boasting over 3 000 trees. The revitalization project has doubled the size of the lawn areas, adding new benches and litter bins. This much-loved park is an increasingly popular destination for leisure and sports, strolls, outdoor dance, yoga, jogging, and much more.

Implementation/completion: 04/2012 – 10/2013

Place
Ostrava
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Revitalization of the Ostravice River

This urban planning project covers the area alongside the Ostravice River in the city centre, and includes barrier-free connections between current pedestrian walkways and cycle routes, revitalization of the right bank, pedestrian routes parallel with the current cycle route, plantings on river embankment walls,  installation of street furniture, the adaptation of the current pier for water sports, and the construction of a workout area.

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Ostrava
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TES projects

Recently Ostrava’s Territorial Ecostability Systems (TES) Development Plan was partially implemented on the basis of the Territorial Ecostability System set out in Ostrava’s Land Use and Zoning Plan; previously missing biocentres and biocorridors (which form the spatial basis of the TES) were added. The purpose of the TES is to protect natural plant and animal habitats. However, this does not mean simply conserving the current state, but rather supporting the natural development of the habitat. Especially in newly created biocentres/biocorridors, the emphasis is on enabling habitats to develop in line with the existing ecological conditions. Biocentres have been created in technically complex natural environments on slag-heaps and similar sites; even in these anthropogenically influenced environments it is essential to allow habitats to develop naturally.

Thanks to the large area of greenery per head of population, Ostrava ranks among the Czech Republic’s greenest cities. The City has implemented plantings on a huge scale (at a cost of tens of millions of EUR) in order to mitigate the impact of air pollution and increase ecostability. In just three years (2013–2015), a total of 120 000 trees and 330 000 shrubs/bushes were planted in Ostrava, at a cost of 87 million CZK.

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Ostrava
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Green screens

The planting of ‘green screens’ (greenery shielding residential areas from busy transport arteries and industrial sites) also helps to reduce air pollution. Green screens have recently been planted at a total cost of approx. 43 million EUR, co-financed by the City and EU structural funds (EUSF). In numbers it is 7 000 trees and 20 000 shrubs.

Place
Ostrava
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Tree planting by ArcelorMittal Ostrava

An important contribution to biodiversity was the planting of 111 trees by ArcelorMittal Ostrava, a major local air polluter, in 2008-2009 (cost  6 million CZK). ArcelorMittal agreed this planting with the City as part of its voluntary efforts to reduce its own environmental impact.

Place
Ostrava
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Landek National Nature Reserve

A number of plans will be implemented at the Landek site. The oldest near-natural forests will be left to develop naturally (with the exception of the removal of non-indigenous species, especially black locust trees and red oaks) as an example of a dynamically changing forest ecosystem in the middle of the Ostrava industrial conurbation. The remaining parts of the site will be gradually replanted in accordance with the site development plans, to create natural and near-natural woodland communities.

The aim is to create a model site combining nature conservation with leisure use, located in close proximity to the Ostrava conurbation. In 1998 a viewing tower was built at Landek. The first step in the future plans for the site will be the modernization of the nature trail depicting the historical development and current natural value of Landek.

Place
Ostrava
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Eco-friendly weed removal

When maintaining pavements, roads and public spaces, maintenance workers encounter weeds growing in the cracks between paving stones, kerbstones etc. These plants tend to be highly resistant to attempts at removal; they cannot be removed merely by pulling, scraping or cutting them out.

Ostrava has now begun using a new, eco-friendly method of weed removal – simply using hot water. The municipal district of Slezská Ostrava was the first in the Moravian-Silesian Region to purchase a machine which uses hot water to destroy weeds without any need for chemical agents.

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