A new district park in Skäggetorp, Linköping Municipality, Sweden.
Topic of the practice
Urban renewal of a housing district including a new district park with a strong and active resident involvement and user influence (urban gardening etc.)
Good Practice Information
Skäggetorp in Linköping is a typical housing district of the 1970s in risk of a further physical decline and social problems. The majority its 59 hectares of parkland is made up of open, grassy areas that have no particular function. A strategic district plan for Skäggetorp was adopted by Linköping’s City Council in 2009. The objectives included providing a newly designed district park with
park “rooms” where residents, property owners, societies, schools and others can share involvement in making the local environment accessible, attractive and safe. Here the knowledge from the work with the popular city park and new ideas such as urban farming and gardening as a tool for social inclusion and ecological and economical sustainability.
Evidence of success
First activities have shown that the plans are fully supported by the residents and that the implementation process profits from good collaboration with the residents. Some of new green concepts, such as urban farming, have successfully been tested in Linköping and other Swedish cities and the exchange of experiences is actively fostered and best practice been transferred.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Municipality of Linköping
Annex completed on: 03-09-2013