On September 28, 2019, the first joint team meeting of the Russian-Latvian cross-border cooperation project “New Life of Old Parks: Efficient Management of Historical Nature Objects in LatRus Border Area” (project LV-RU 040 NewLINE) took place in Pskov.
The meeting was attended by representatives of all 3 partner organizations of the project: NGO “Lake Peipsi Project (Pskov)” (Lead Partner), Balvi Municipality (Latvia) and the Center for Curative Pedagogics and Differentiated Learning of the Pskov Region (Russia). Latvia – Russia Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020 was presented by Natalia Alekseeva, Programme Information Manager.
During the meeting, the project partners discussed the project implementation schedule, clarified mutual obligations, and agreed on the action plan for 2019.
To remind, for 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 educational events on park management, to develop information and and presentation materials.
The main results of the project will be the creation in Pskov of an inclusive, i.e. accessible to all categories of citizens, park on the part of the Korytovo 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 project of cross-border cooperation.
The project also includes a number of cultural events in the territories of the target parks. For example, in 2020 the partner organisations plan to hold the international open festival “Citizens at the Gorozhanskiye’s” in the territory of the improved park in Korytovo, Pskov.
The project is implemented with financial support from Latvia – Russia Cross-Border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020.