Pae Park

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Architect

Merko Ehitus

Location

Pae park, 11414 Tallinn

Size

22 hectares

Status

Completed, 2016

Client

City of Tallinn

Photos

Kert Kaarma

Typology

Industry & Infrastructure, Landscape and Urban Planning, Public

Tags

Public, Refurbishment, Urban, Lasnamäe, Industrial & infrastructure, Landscape & urbanism, Park, Public space, Landscape design

Pae Park extends on 22 hectares of a former limestone quarry which was abandoned in the mid­1960s. The pond in the middle of the park takes up around 8 hectares of the overall area. The long period of being wild gave the area its peculiar relief and interesting plant and bird life. The selection of trees is quite wide and thanks to some quirk of nature also includes a peach tree.

During the redevelopment of the old quarry (2006-2016), the area has been tidied and divided into three (Hill, Nightingale, and Family Parks). The Hill Park has the most alternating relief, the different levels are interconnected with pathways and stairs. This part of the park also houses a summer theatre that can be used for concerts, cinema festivals etc. The Hill park is connected to the Flail Park via a 75m footbridge (completed in 2013). The Family Park is an open area with several activity zones (playground, picnic area, sports grounds etc.). The Nightingale Park has retained a wilder character – the aim is to guarantee a suitable nesting area for the birds of the park. The entire park are ais connected with different pathways and a jogging track covered by bark mulch also crisscrosses through the park. It can be used as a ski track in winter. The park is becoming a new attraction center and recreation area for the inhabitants of Lasnamäe, thus essentially enriching the urban environment of the district.

One part of the redevelopment of the park is the administrative building of the Lasnamägi District by Raivo Puusepp and completed in 2011.