Archives Prosessin hallinta / Process management

Arabianranta residents wish for a dog park

Posted on February 4, 2008 at 21:45, by pigasus

A dog park has been a dream of many Arabianranta residents for quite some time. In the autumn of 2007, the Artova district association conducted an enquiry (in Finnish), that found a dog park to be one of the most popular wishes among the area residents.

Little did we think that four years later the park would still be in the planning phase.


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The mayor answers questions relating to the dog park in Arabianranta resident meeting

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 21:56, by pigasus

In February 2010, mayor Jussi Pajunen led a resident meeting in Arabianranta district where the residents had an opportunity to ask questions of various parties under city administration. The issue of a dog park came up a couple of times. Raimo K. Saarinen from Street and Park Division of Public Works Department gave en estimate of the construction schedule, saying the park will probably be constructed in 2011.

Read more on Artova homepage or watch a video of the event on Helsinki-kanava (both in Finnish).


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Communal spirit workshop led to the formation of a new group

Posted on March 8, 2010 at 22:05, by pigasus

Artova organised a communal district workshop where participants brainstormed ways to promote the communal spirit of the area. One of the ideas raised was the need of a dog park, which prompted the formation of a small group of four people called The Paws of Arabianranta. The group met and brainstormed ideas for a dog-walking environment that would be more stimulating than regular dog parks.

One of the ideas presented was to create an un-fenced area designated for walking dogs. In the near-by city of Sipoo there is a dog forest, without a fence, where a certain part of the forest has been designated for letting one’s dog run off the lead. There are similar areas across Europe, so why not in Artova?

The group had a further idea of acquiring sponsors, so that the city of Helsinki wouldn’t be the only party responsible for the expenses of upkeep and providing the stimulating elements.


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The Paws of Arabianranta and Gammel Dog Association join forces

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 22:43, by pigasus

The Paws of Arabianranta considered it ill-advised to run a competing group of active dog-owners considering that Gammel Dogs Association has been active in the Artova area for such a long time and been the proponent of the dog park project since 2007. The group went to meet members of the association in Arabianranta shopping centre where they were showcasing the activities of the association. We decided to join forces and start promoting the dog park project together. Full steam ahead!


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WDC meeting 1

Posted on May 22, 2010 at 22:54, by pigasus

Artova organised an open workshop on Helsinki being the World Design Capital 2012. The workshop took place in culture and resident house Kääntöpaikka and there were some ten participants representing a diversity of ages and personalities. Despite the focused and laid-back atmosphere, I was a bit disappointed in the introduction that preceded the actual brainstorming. Partially the reason lies in me being a pragmatic person who expects brainstorming to have clearly defined goals and boundaries.

Luckily for me, there seemed to be a few others who thought it weird that WDC had in its great wisdom decided to ask the residents of different Helsinki districts for concepts without giving them a framework to work in, a description of what a good idea entails. In other words, didn’t WDC know yet what kind of selection criteria they would apply when making decisions about our ideas? Read more


Posted on July 29, 2010 at 23:38, by pigasus

Airikka is a journalist, which comes in handy. Yle, the national broadcasting, aired a feature of the Aalto City Garden plan on the radio.

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Application for a WDC 2012 initiative

Posted on August 18, 2010 at 22:00, by pigasus

Based on the discussion in the two grower meetings, Airikka drew up the following proposal for the application for a WDC 2012 initiative.



Edible Arabianranta is a plan thought up by the residents of the area, which unites urban agriculture and environmental art to form common living rooms for the residents.

There is an oasis in a lush park by a stream. A few city residents are looking after their plants. Summer squashes seem to yield a particularly good harvest this year. Read more

WDC meeting 2

Posted on August 19, 2010 at 22:34, by pigasus

The Helsinki WDC 2012 meeting #2 organised in August was a follow-up gathering for the first WDC workshop from April. We had designated two hours for the meeting.

The residents were to give points to WDC ideas sketched on a flip chart in order to choose democratically the ideas people liked the most. Read more

Dog park stuck in town planning

Posted on September 23, 2010 at 22:21, by pigasus

The proponents of a dog park in Arabianranta are getting disgruntled for having to wait for the park for years. To our knowledge, the city is building two dog parks in the area, but the locations of the future parks aren’t in the town plan yet and the construction can’t thus start.

For more information, read the article in Artova homepage (in Finnish).




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Plans and meetings

Posted on October 21, 2010 at 22:39, by pigasus

Airikka met with the art school students today to communicate the wishes residents have for the cultivated work of art. The wishes put forward by the residents were to have areas of all sizes for cultivating, a place for hanging out, a box with a lock for tools and a compost bin. The residents were also hoping that the artwork would become a monument of Arabianranta. Read more