The interventions that will highlight the urban forest of the capital
One of Athens’ most iconic sightseeings will change in the next 1.5 years
Within the next 18 months, Lycabettus hill will change. The Municipality of Athens intends to implement a series of projects in order to give the famous hill of the Greek capital a different face.
The aim, according to the Municipality, is – in addition to changes in appearance – for it to becomes safer for its visitors and residents. At the same time, it will be an attraction and a place of recreation for even more Greeks and foreigners who want to enjoy its beauty. Because Lycabettus hill is one of the most beautiful places in Athens and Attica.
Soon procedures designed by the previous municipal authority will take place. The plan includes the implementation of an extremely important intervention. The green lung will be protected and will stand out even more. The project, with a budget of EUR 1.5 million, includes the pilot implementation of flood defence techniques.
These interventions will help in dealing with floods in the best possible way. Phenomena that are observed when it rains in the area of the hill on the side of Kolonaki.
On the road that runs through the hill about 1,700 meters long, asphalting is planned with special specifications material. This will ensure full flood protection while the road will be harmoniously integrated into the character of a unique, urban forest.
Of exceptional elegance will be the restorations, with natural materials, of the walking route on the existing paths, with a total length of three kilometres, connecting individual points such as the Stone Pavilion and the Green Tent. Parts of this route will consist of material that will also contribute not only to flood protection but will also enable thousands of walkers for a comfortable and safe hiking experience.
“Our goal is to give not only to the citizens of Athens but also to all visitors, a place of life and development of activities as well as a natural organization of cultural production”, said Kostas Bakoyannis.
“Along with the approximately 35acres that we will ask the Public Real Estate Company to grant us, we are implementing the emblematic project for the creation of an urban forest of unique beauty and utility, not only for Athens but also the whole of Attica”, added the mayor of Athens.