4. Implementing the participatory process: urban walk
An invitation to attend the urban walk was posted at the webpage of the city of Bratislava (Figure 4) and disseminated through the social web (Figure 5). The news was disseminated with the help of local media, mainly in the on-line editions of local newspapers.
The walk started in the only available access point: a parking lot situated near buffers under the river boundary bank. The asphalted path along the bank is used by cyclists and it is part of a bike path connecting three countries, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. The length of the urban walk was approximately 1.5 km (Figure 6). The route passed through the alluvial forest of Danube river, then across the river deviation near Bratislava’s district of Jarovce and finally along the Zemník’s bank.
|Figure 4. City of Bratislava’s webpage and the invitation for urban walk|
|Figure 5. Social network – the public event|
|Figure 6. The route of the urban walk|
1. Ing. arch. Karin Lexmann, from the city’s Urban Planning department, explained the history of the area and its future use as determined in the master plan (Figure 7).
2. Ing. arch. Juraj Fecanin, from the Slovak association of canoeing, introduced the project for which they asked the building permission (Figure 8).
3. Martin Sindler, Andrej Bozik, from the Slovak anglers’ association, Bratislava V City organization, explained the history and the targets of the environmental protection measures to be applied in the area, from the anglers’ point of view (Figure 9).
4. Mgr. Andrej Kovarik, from the Slovak nature protection group, exposed the reasons to protect the area (Figure 10).
At the end of the walk, participants had an opportunity to fulfil a questionnaire about the area of Zemník answering to the following questions:
• How often do you visit the area of Zemník?
• Why do you come here, if you come regularly or occasionally?
• What type of transportation do you use to get to Zemník area?
• What do you think about the future usage of the Zemník area?
• What is your attitude to the planned development in the area of Zemník?
• How would you rate the length of the urban walk (distance)?
• How would you rate the length of the urban walk (time)?
• How would you rate the time of the urban walk (working day at 4:30 PM)?
• How did you find out about the urban walk?
|Figure 7. Karin Lexmann speaks about the master during the urban walk|
|Figure 8. Juraj Fecanin speaks about the development and the project of national centre of canoeing and rowing during the urban walk|
|Figure 9. Martin Sindler speaks about the history and the targets of the nature protection in the area from the anglers’ point of view during the urban walk|
|Figure 10. Andrej Kovarik speaks about nature protection in context with the development of the Zemník area during the urban walk|