Kolektyw Kąpielisko  - urban garden for local community

Location Kasprowicza Park, Poznań, Poland
Year 2013
Status Completed
Program Local community garden, space for workshops and meeting
Area 1200m2
Team Aleksandra Dolczewska, Magda Garczarczyk, Joanna Januszewska, Klaudia Lewczuk, Agnieszka Malinowska, Justyna Pers, Jolanta Starzak, Łukasz Antonowicz, Dawid Strębicki

Our local community garden is based in one of the city parks in Poznan (Poland). It was established in 2012 by a group of young people of different professions (they hold a degree in architecture, art history, cultural studies, horticulture, theater studies and sociology) – all feeling the need of doing something for and with local community. The idea of urban garden “Kolektyw Kąpielisko (swimming pool collective)” started as a support for local inhabitants protesting against building a new housing development in the local park, on the place of existing outdoor swimming pool. As a result of Saturday meetings and random events organized by us in the park and discussions with city government about the importance of green voids in the city center, we got from the city major piece of land (around 1000m2 near to the swimming pool, we were defending). The plot was completely empty and we started to “furnish it” step by step with the help of local inhabitants. Every weekend we were organizing workshops and meetings with people to create together a brief program for this place. Nowadays the garden is growing and developing and there are more and more people interested in this shared collective space.