Attica Region authorities have set aside 1.5 million euros for repairs, maintenance and security of the central Pedion tou Areos Park and an additional 6.5 million euros for new projects in the future.
The park, once thriving with life, has fallen into disrepair frequented in the last decade by refugees, migrants and drug users. Attica authorities will be cooperating with OKANA (Organization Against Drugs) and KETHEA (Athens Addiction Treatment Center) experts in efforts to offer rehabilitation options.
Attempting to give the central park – one of the few green areas in Athens – a new lease on life, the Attica Region has in the last few months planted 880 trees, 9,100 shrubs and 1,400 perennial trees, proceeded with pruning, maintenance of the electric lighting network and cleaning the area.
Speaking at a press conference on the works being carried out, Attica Region Deputy Governor Ermina Kyprianidou said the Attica Region has announced a competition for private bodies wishing to undertake the security and management of the park.
Meanwhile, regional authorities will continue the upgrade of the area with a series of activities including the renovation of the Oikonomidis building to become a cultural space, the two Gardenia venues to operate as cafes, and the Green Park building to be revamped in 2018.
The Attica Region has also teamed up with the Hellenic Amateur Athletic Association (SEGAS) to develop a program that will include sports activities and will also serve to attract wellness and fitness tourism to the region encouraging healthier habits and lifestyles particularly for children with the “Kids Athletics” program to run at the Pedion tou Areos Park starting October 1.
Meanwhile, the governor of Attica Region, Rena Dourou, has said she supports commercial/private activities within the park as a way to ensure its smooth operation.