Neglected Central Pula Pragrande Area to be Transformed into City Park

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the fairly heavily neglected swamp-like area of ​​Pragrande, located near Pula’s city centre, now has the opportunity to remain the green heart of Pula, but in a far more useful and sightly way.

With the aim of popularising this green oasis, which many Pula residents have actually never set foot in, Pula high school students who are also members of the Eco-school, as part of a project called ”Knowledge for Sustainable Action”, which was led by Green Istria, began taking environmental action. With the support of their professors and project partners – which includes the City of Pula, they designed and jointly arranged a 2.2-kilometre-long promenade called the Apple Trail, as reported by local portal Glas Istre/The Voice of Istria.

Their wish, they claim, is that the trail be regularly maintained, but also that the whole area remains a wild zone for the recreation and socialising of Pula locals and tourists, while preserving and protecting biodiversity.

The Mayor of Pula, Filip Zoricic, promised the students involved that this area will remain a green zone during their last visit to the Communal Palace back in December, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the international status of the Eco-school. He said at the time that the documentation for the Pula Pragrande transformation project was being resolved, and that the realisation of the creation of a brand new city park at that location would be preceded by the solving of the sewerage problem, as part of a wider EU project.

It’s worth reminding ourselves of the fact that the City of Pula recently applied for a total of ten projects in a call/invitation for grants in the field of digital transformation and green transition, within the National Recovery and Resilience Plan 2021-2026, and the most important and largest of them is the preparation of project documentation precisely for the arrangement of Pragrande, an unarranged urban space in the immediate vicinity of the strict city centre.

This currently regards the necessary documentation for the ”re-vamping” of the aforementioned green zone, which covers an area of ​​more than 20 hectares in total, and the intention, according to the City of Pula, is to arrange a large central city park with accompanying sport and recreational facilities.

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