Eco-playground opens in Budapest

Hungary’s first eco-playground has opened in ICLEI member city Budapest. The playground is lit by solar lighting and built along environmentally sustainable lines, with great care taken during construction to preserve the natural properties of the soil at the site. Notice boards at the facility aim to educate children and inspire parents with ideas for their own homes.

At an unconventional opening ceremony last month, rather than cutting ribbons, Swedish and Hungarian ribbons were tied together in recognition of the generous Swedish contribution that made the playground’s construction possible. Mayor of Budapest Istvan Tarlos, stressed that urban-ecology is never too young to be taught and praised the facility’s unique combination of education and usability.

The mayor was joined by Sweden’s Ambassador to Hungary, Karin Olofsdotter, who acknowledged the Swedish companies who donated equipment and contributed to the project’s development. The playground was conceived and constructed within the framework of the Green Sweden 2011 project which aims to introduce Swedish sustainable development methods to Hungary.

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