Online survey launched: What would the National Urban Park of Helsinki be like?
The City of Helsinki is collecting data on the areas and places that residents would like to see included in the potential National Urban Park of Helsinki. The online survey is open to all and will remain available until 17 December 2017.
The survey can be found at https://app.maptionnaire.com/en/3173.
Which places best exemplify Helsinki?
The online survey is part of the City of Helsinki’s investigations into the possibility of establishing a National Urban Park in Helsinki. With the survey, the City is hoping to locate the most refreshing and the most beautiful places in the city as well as the places that best exemplify Helsinki. What kind of stories could these places tell the current and future residents of and visitors to Helsinki?
The survey also allows respondents to mark routes and places on a map that should be developed or that show potential. The City is hoping to hear citizens’ views on both natural and cultural environments, as well as about potential opportunities and concerns related to the establishment of a National Urban Park.
National Urban Parks preserve natural and cultural environments
The concept of the National Urban Park is defined in the Land Use and Building Act. The purpose of a National Urban Park is to preserve urban Finnish nature and built cultural environments so that they form a comprehensive, integrated whole. At the same time, a National Urban Park expresses a city’s will in regard to valuable places that should be preserved and developed for future generations as the city is built and redeveloped.
The establishment of a National Urban Park can only be applied for by the City of Helsinki itself. The decision on the potential initiation of the application process will be made once the necessary investigations have been conducted.
So far, the Ministry of the Environment has granted the status of National Urban Park to eight cities: Forssa, Hanko, Heinola, Hämeenlinna, Kotka, Pori, Porvoo and Turku.
Data open to all
Upon the completion of the online survey, the responses will be published as open data on the Helsinki region infoshare website. This way anyone interested in the topic will be able to analyse the data and draw conclusions about it. The data will also be free to utilise in other projects and studies.
The City of Helsinki is piloting its new participation and interaction model as part of the National Urban Park investigations. In addition to the online survey, the pilot project has launched interest group workshops, with other forms of participation to be developed as the project continues.The City’s cooperation partners in the investigations include the Kansallinen kaupunkipuisto Helsinkiin! movement.