For years, the neglected but beautiful buildings in Kalisz and Poznan have regained their former splendor. They have also acquired new jobs that residents can use a handful of on a daily basis. This is how the revitalization of urban spaces is being carried out thanks to Wielkopolska’s European funds.

Kalisz, as the oldest city in Poland, has many historical places with its unique atmosphere, but it is often forgotten. Now everything is changing before our very eyes. Planty Miejskie – the meeting place for the Kalisz families, as well as a garden full of greenery and history – is gaining a whole new face. Here you can see the Adam Asnik monument or the Nazi Book Memorial inundating the Babinka Canal with books from Polish and Jewish libraries. Now, in addition to commemorating the Kalisz history, Planty Miejskie will gain a little architecture and a modern elegance.

Kalisz wants to return the city center to the residents

For years, the Kalish center was dying overnight. Climatic Streets begged for a renewal, which is happening now thanks to European funds. From the busy roads, it will turn into parks that combine the functions of the road, a parking lot and a walkway. The new pier deck will be more convenient for tourists and walkers during the weekend walking tours.

Thanks to the renovated streets, the Kalisz Center will not only look amazing, but also change its colors, as more greenery will appear in the space.

They renew and stimulate work

Forgotten buildings over the years have gained a new face. A modern culture accelerator is built in the historic hall next to Rogatka in Kalisz. It is a place where photo exhibitions, balls, as well as concerts and performances are held. There is a center for social organizations on the corner of Babina Street. Here, associations or NGOs can conduct various classes and workshops, but they can also manage and hold their meetings here daily. On the other hand, in Podgórze, in a somewhat forgotten neighborhood, there is a residential neighborhood. Here residents can meet, share experiences, spend their spare time, and benefit from a wide range of artistic activities.

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On the other hand, in Poznan, a children’s room under the sun has been renovated – the first Jordan garden in this city, which was built nearly 100 years ago. The Youth Culture Center No. 1 in Poznan works on historical interiors with a modern twist. Children and teens participate in hundreds of hours of lessons, music, arts, photography, dance, and sports workshops.

But Dzieciiniec is also a space that up to 1,000 people use on weekends. Because next to the cultural center there are modern playgrounds, a park and a fountain, as well as football and tennis courts. All this means that in the afternoon, the Babylon region under the sun teemed with life even nearly 100 years ago, when the park was established.

You can learn more about the revitalization of urban space in Kalisz and the activities of Dzieciniec pod Słońcem, that is, investments financed by European Union funds under the Wielkopolska Regional Operations Program 2014-2020, in the final episode of the magazine “We are in the process of changing Wielkopolska (Episode 22).