The pilot site, the Klockarberget Park, is located a couple of kilometres from the centre of Skellefteå, close to an old city landfill. The landfill was covered up prior to the development of industrial buildings, road works as well as a district heating facility and a fuelling station. A new residential area with family housing of different kinds has beem built on the landfill. The pilot site will create a green connection between the Erikslid and Sjungade Dalen residential areas.
The main challenges of this pilot site are the handling of stormwater coming down the Vitberget and turning the public space into an area where citizens can social connect. With regard to health and well–being, the goals are to improve the sense of safety, recreation, and relaxation, as well as reduction of stress.
Five visionary solutions will be financed by VARCITIES with the objectives of creating urban resilience through natural infrastructure, increasing biodiversity by creating a wetland bed, and advancing citizens’ awareness of climate change and the importance of biodiversity.
Several co-creation events were already organised as part of VARCITIES:
- June 2021: the First Co-creation Workshop was organised online; participants were introduced to the project and shared useful ideas and information
- November 2021: the Second Co-creation Workshop was organised in-person in a house by the pilot area. Stakeholders were invited to give their feedback on the design of the Visionary Solutions and a walk through the pilot area was organised
- November 2022: Skellefteå organised their Town Hall Event to present the progress made on each VS before the start of the implemtentation phase. The event was combined with an exhibition and an activity-day for pre-school and school children.