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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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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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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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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

Grower meeting at Aalto University School of Arts

Posted on March 9, 2011 at 22:36, by pigasus

Scott and his students gave a presentation to the future growers of what lies ahead. Of the 46 people who had signed up as growers some 20 turned up. The plan is to cultivate in concrete rings of different sizes that the city has promised to donate. The plot will be covered with forest floor and bark chippings, and the current plan is to have fruit trees, berry bushes, a pergola, tree trunks for benches and a (donated) shed for tools. Read more

A dream of edible Arabianranta

Posted on April 20, 2011 at 23:47, by pigasus

If the queues for an allotment garden are long and the allotments far from your home, guess what: you can still have the opportunity to dig in and sink your fingers in that black, fluffy soil. If you don’t have as much as a French balcony, not to worry – hear these tips given by urban gardeners!


Airikka Mannerkoski, a mother of three living in Arabianranta, found herself wondering why there were no useful plants on the yards she could see around her. “Why do I, as a mother, have to tell my kids not to pick berries from the ornamental bushes? Rather, I’d like to encourage them to eat the fruit of useful plants to their heart’s desire! We do live in a city but it would be nice to be able to pick the nutrients and greens close-by.”


Airikka took it upon herself to find out how she could promote the emergence of vegetable patches in the shared courts of the near-by blocks of flats. The taciturn attitude of Arabia service company didn’t kill her spirit: she called Pinja Sipari, an urban gardener of the environmental organization Dodo, for help. A site was located near-by where it would be possible to grow a piece of environmental art. At the moment, the site only sports a big hole but the big opening of the designer patch is scheduled for Helsinki Day in June.


The patch is designed and its construction monitored by an international group of master-level students of environmental art in Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, the local farmers-to-be will help with the construction. District association Artova will continue co-ordinating the project while the plot itself is for the area residents to use. Some 40 locals have signed up to cultivate the plot, and they are committed to sharing the responsibility for the berry bushes and fruit trees that are to be planted on the site later. In the initial stages of the project, the “farmers” are encouraged to go for compositional aesthetics but the end result will be formed freely in the hands of the participants. If you are interested in joining the cultivation project, ask for an allotment: ————


If you want to organize a cultivation box building workshop in your home district, participate in a development initiative, lead a discussion group, influence city planning or simply plant carrots on yards near-by, you can find more tips, detailed instructions and useful contacts in the Dodo website (in Finnish).


Taika Ilola, an owner of green fingers and a French balcony



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Another grower meeting at the School of Arts

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 22:06, by pigasus

The second grower meeting at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture saw little participation.

I met Scott at the plot of cultivation the previous Sunday and so knew beforehand about the plans he and his students had made. Stara had promised to deliver fewer than 20 concrete rings but it would still amount to less than one cultivation ring per grower. Furthermore, the donation of a garden shed is now a dead duck. Read more

Park-building bee

Posted on May 26, 2011 at 22:09, by pigasus

Scott talked the city into give us a hand in the form of a small tractor and a driver, who spread the bark chippings and most of the soil over the plot. Unfortunately, the schedules were a bit off, and there was a truck-load of soil from Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority (HSY) the following day when the tractor wasn’t there anymore. Together we tucked in with the one wheelbarrow we had and spread the soil the best we could. It was ok, although quite slow and laborious. Naturally, the soil-free patches were the furthest away from the heaps of soil, and in the absence of proper digging spades, we used regular snow shovels. The original plan was that students and growers would construct the park together, but the students from School of Arts were in short supply.

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Jazzing up the project & fruits of brainstorming

Posted on September 29, 2011 at 19:53, by pigasus

Spirit of Artova invited all interested area residents and parties to an open brainstorm. We figured that it was the short notice that reduced the amount of participants to a handful but our meeting in Kääntöpaikka yielded ideas by the bucketful! We took My House Arabianranta initiative and Design Dog Park under consideration.

As the representative of the dog park, I briefed the participants quickly about the idea behind Design Dog Park, where we are now and what we are going to do from here on in. Read more