The utilization of small areas for the creation of outdoor green spaces in densely populated neighborhoods of the Municipality of Athens, in areas outside the historic center, is a key priority of the municipal authority. Pocket parks can help reinvigorate urban areas and reorganize the urban and social fabric at a neighborhood level. At the same time, city’s existing parks and squares are being upgraded through the program.
Pocket Park – Agios Artemios
The 7th pocket park of the City of Athens was “born” at Agios Artemios, a densely populated neighbourhood, also known as Gouva. With the support of Nova – member of United Group, the network of innovative bioclimatic green spaces in Athens expands aiming at improving the quality of life in the neighbourhoods, offering vital space to the inhabitants and revamping deserted areas.
Pocket Park – Petralona
One more “green” meeting place for the citizens of Athens, is created at Dimitriou Pavlidi pedestrian street in Petralona. With the contribution of P&G and AB Vassilopoulos and the support of Organization Earth, the City of Athens revived one more green space at this hip neighbourhood, beautifying with new flower beds an area of 160 sq.m. of the pedestrian street.
Pocket Park – Patisia
The new bioclimatic “pocket” park of 230 sq.m. at Patisia, was created with the support of Nova – member of United Group. The existing trees, robinia, are combined with 358 Mediterranean bushes, impressive colourful plants and plants that blossom throughout the year. The pocket park is also ideal for exercise due to the horizontal bars, placed in the middle of the park following safety protocols.
The first Japanese Garden in the country was born at Niriides park in Pagkrati. This thematic park of 3,500 sq.m. is one of the most important recreation spaces in Athens and was created with the kind support of JT International Hellas, under the auspices of the Embassy of Japan in Greece. The Garden is full of elements of the Japanese culture, based on the «Biophilic Design», which follows the innate need of people to be in contact with nature within the current environment. The Garden was designed and implemented by the landscape architecture firm Ecoscapes.
Pocket Park – Kerameikos
On the corner of Megalou Alexandrou street and Mikinon street a space of 300sq.m. was transformed into a park by Procter & Gamble and Organization Earth. Seven new trees were planted including an olive tree in the center of the park, as well as more than 330 climbing plants, bushes and other native aromatic trees. The urban equipment were renovated completely and the lighting was enhanced by an autonomous photovoltaic element.
Pocket Park – Kolonos
In January 2021, one more pocket park was completed in Kolonos, with the donation of Heracles Group, based on sustainability and environmentally friendly design.
Olympic Brewery and Fix Hellas supported the revival of Fix park at Patisia, with more than 4,500 new plants, new infrastructure and an open air art exhibition by Graphic Design and Fine Arts students of AKTO, who designed the 27 benches of the park.
Pocket Park – Pagkrati
The largest pocket park of 750sq.m., located in Pagkrati, was created with the support of P&G and Organization Earth. It is an ecosystem of more than 1,150 plants and trees that will contribute to the area environmentally and aesthetically, it will decrease carbon dioxide emissions and will increase biodiversity.
Pocket Park- Ano Kypseli
The first pocket park was created in Ano Kypseli, in July 2020, with the support of the Deloitte Foundation, providing a fresh green space for residents and passers-by as well as a meeting point for the neighborhood.
Pocket Park – Sepolia
At Sepolia, the City of Athens partnered with “P&G” and Organization Earth to create a bioclimatic park and a green oasis in the city. A deserted space on Dramas street transformed into a lavender field with 190 plants and bushes, mainly lavender, rosemary, myrtle and thyme. Additionally, some elements from the Atenistas intervention in the past remain and have been refreshed, such as the impressive mural by Fikos.