Latvian-Russian cross-border cooperation project “New Life of Old Parks” started

The new project within the framework of Latvian-Russian cross-border cooperation is aimed at promoting old manor parks in the region as potentially valuable tourist destinations. The project has been prepared by NGO “Lake Peipsi Project (Pskov)” (Lead Partner) and is implemented in close cooperation with the Center for Curative Pedagogics and Differentiated Education of the Pskov Region (Russia) and Balvi municipality (Latvia).

During two years of the project implementation it is planned to study the condition of manor parks in the Pskov region, Latgale and Vidzeme and the possibilities of their revival for tourism development, to organize a cycle of training events on park management, to develop information and presentation materials.

The main results of the project will be the creation of an inclusive park in Pskov, i.e., accessible to all categories of citizens in the part of the Koruytovo Forest Park near the Center for Curative Pedagogics, as well as the improvement of the so-called “Bear Garden” – Balvi Central Park. It is noteworthy that in the 19th century both territories were manor parks and belonged to the family of Gorozhanskiye noblemen, which gives an additional cultural and historical dimension to the initiated CBC project.

The project also includes a number of cultural events in the territories of the target parks. For example, in 2020 the project partner organisations plan to hold the international open festival “Citizens at the Gorozhanskiye” (Горожане у Горожанских) in the territory of the improved park in Korytovo.

Read more about the project here.

The project is implemented with financial support of Latvia – Russia Cross-Border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020.

This post has been produced with the financial support of Latvia – Russia Cross-Border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020. Its contents are the sole responsibility of NGO “Lake Peipsi Project (Pskov)” and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Programme, Programme participating countries Latvia and Russia, alongside with the European Union.