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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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Connections to the city of Helsinki Public Works Department

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 22:38, by pigasus

The Paws of Arabianranta set out actively to find out what had happened to the dog park initiative that had been filed as early as in 2007. Sanna Hellström contacted the city engineer at Public Works Department by email. The office manager of Street and Park Division replied, writing that intend to include a dog park in the town plan of Pornaistenniemi (Viikinranta area) but the planning is not yet complete. The snippet particularly of interest in the email is the following: A town plan for the area doesn’t exist yet, but the planner thinks the dog enclosure can already be constructed nonetheless. The drafting is likely to start this year and the construction next year.

The email raised hopes of having a dog park in the Artova area in the summer of 2011.


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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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Action in the background

Posted on June 21, 2010 at 23:33, by pigasus

Tuula Isohanni sent a message, saying that she had discussed the idea with Markku Hakuri, the professor of environmental art at Aalto University, and that the idea was in Mr. Hakuri’s view feasible.

Niina Puumalainen enquired about the opinion of the owner of the plot, the Real Estate Department of the city, and found that the department reaction was positive. Their message was that the city would be content with a nominal rent but it would have to be clear who is responsible for the upkeep of the plot and the cultivation.

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The second meeting

Posted on August 17, 2010 at 23:42, by pigasus

Tuula Isohanni from Aalto University took part in the second grower meeting in Kääntöpaikka. Participation remained modest. Ms. Isohanni was very excited about the idea and had pitched it successfully to the environmental art department.

In the meeting we tried to formulate requirements for the cultivation, all the things we would like it to be. We sketched some plans for the future as well. The Aalto City Garden project must fulfil all WDC 2012 criteria, and so Airikka promised to write a proper initiative application for a WDC initiative.

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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

Looking good!

Posted on September 1, 2010 at 08:54, by pigasus

At this point, it’s clear that we can use the empty plot for cultivation in the summer of 2011. We would have liked to start this year, but no can do. It’s ok, though, the future looks bright, and everything has went so well that you wouldn’t believe. At least I wouldn’t, true to my Finnish brand of scepticism.


The Arabianranta art co-ordinator, Tuula Isohanni from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, has taken the project under her wing. She has managed to achieve progress both with the city and with the School of Arts. The project now has the support of the city, and the planning will start at the department of environmental art sometime in the autumn. The application for a WDC initiative has been handed in, and it’s realistic to expect that it will pass and that financial support would come from that quarter.


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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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Planning soon underway at Aalto University School of Arts

Posted on September 29, 2010 at 22:30, by pigasus

Before initiating the planning process, Scott Elliott from Aalto University School of Arts met with city officials. In the meeting, they agreed on the following framework for the project:

  • ­Alongside with its function as a place for growing plants, the plot is supposed to serve as a park area and should thus look nice. Read more