Residents and residents of Warsaw will once again choose from nearly 1,500 projects in the eighth edition of the civic budget. Voting, which has just started, will last until June 30. Once again, the projects are dominated by those dealing with green spaces , recreation and improved security.
The list of winning proposals will be announced on July 15. Their implementation will begin next year. The 1,429 projects targeted for voting were selected from among 2,199 proposals submitted. However, some of them did not pass the verification for formal reasons (collisions with other investments, lack of feasibility or conservation obstacles).
Sauna Warsaw - project implemented under the civic budget
Photo: Warsaw City Hall
Thanks to the civic budget, every Varsovian has an impact on what money from the city budget is spent on and what will be built in our immediate neighborhood. I encourage all residents to take part in the vote and choose the most interesting and necessary projects within the 8th edition of the civic budget. It is worth getting involved and deciding, because together we can change Warsaw.
Karolina Zdrodowska, Director Coordinator for Entrepreneurship and Social Dialogue
The rainbow treadmill in Targówek will compete for residents' votes this year
photo. civic budget materials
The seven editions of the participatory budget in Warsaw to date have resulted in the implementation of some 3,500 projects. Last year, 110,000 residents took part in the vote. To take part in the vote you do not need to be registered or of legal age, you just need to live in Warsaw. As in previous editions, in addition to local projects in neighborhoods, you can also vote for citywide projects, which cover several neighborhoods or all of Warsaw. Each resident can vote for 15 neighborhood projects in a selected district and 10 citywide projects.
The graduation tower on Haller Square is the result of one of the previous editions of the budget
photo: Wikimedia Commons
You can vote at the office of the district to which the project relates using a form available at the office or via the website bo.um.warszawa.pl
Themost frequently submitted projects concerned construction or modernization of sports facilities, planting of trees and shrubs. Warsaw residents would also like to see new recreational areas - squares, playgrounds and dog runs, as well as improved infrastructure - from benches and hammocks to urban lighting and bicycle paths.
Many of the projects involve planting and maintenance of greenery
Photo: UM Warsaw
All projects submitted for this edition were evaluated according to the criteria outlined in the document describing the principles of the civic budget in Warsaw. Ideas that met the formal criteria went to substantive evaluation - the office's employees assessed, among other things, whether the project could be implemented in the indicated location and in accordance with applicable laws, as well as estimated the cost of implementing a given project and the time needed for its implementation.