Nature Based Solutions - Implementation Models Database
ECO-Park development Balatonfűzfő
A short description of the NBS project
The main goal of the project was the development of an ecological park at the lake Balaton. The area was problematic, because of sludge soil. The plans of the municipality and the local civic organzation were to develop a pleasant, ecological park filled with different kind of leisure activities from the neglected gulf.
It is a comprehensive reconstruction of the area in Balatonfűzfő from Fövenyfürdő Beach to Tobruki Beach is enabling the semi-natural utilization of the area near the city and near the lake. This project has two phases, in the first phase a semi- natural promenade with special playground was created. The first phase also contained the development of an alternative route for the Balaton Bikering Road with catering facilities for bikers and tourists too. This means a much dventurous section for the bikers.
The second phase of the project will connect the two beaches with a further promenade.
NBS Implementation context
Description of the NBS
NBS Impacts scale
Urban density/ Soil consumption
low (suburb at the limit with rural areas, etc.)
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?
A public institution, a local organization (city or metropolitan)
the local municipality
Project manager (leader and main partners): entities names, and know-how involved
Leader: Attila Nóti, leader of project by the municipality
Main partners: Tourist Associations and Sport Clubs Balatonfűzfő & Tourists and Bike enterprises
Who (else) was involved in the project ? (Inhabitants, local association, etc.)
The coordinator of the project was the municipality. Civil organizations and NGOs took active part in the process, such as the local sports clubs and the tourist office.
More detail on the process and the role of the different stakeholders (How did it happen?)
Europen Unio, Balatonfűzfő - Litér Tourist Association, Surf Sport Club by Balatonfűzfő, Fűzfő Salling Boat Club and Salling Boat Association
They are in the process of the planning and the implementation too, some of them built the spaces of the facilities.
OPTIONAL Considering the actual impacts, who are the primary beneficiaries of the project.
The project had dual purposes. On the one hand it gives the oppurtunity for recreation in natural environment for the citizens, especially families. They ensure active freetime facilities. The project area is easily accessible. Morover there is the new phase of the Balaton Bike Ringroad so the important beneficieries of the projekt are the bikers from the region, from the country or other sport tourists as well.
The partnership was built up by the private companies (who developed the sport facilities) and the local sport clubs. Sport clubs were engeged into the planning process, while the implementation and operation were covered by private companies. The whole project was managed by the municipality.
Global Estimated cost of the project
Description of the financing mechanism
90% of the costs was covered by EU funds, while the remaining 10% was financed by the local municipality, and other national funds. The installation of sport facilities was covered by private investiors, but the local sport clubs also take part in the operation.
Substitute with renewables and natural processes
The innovativeness of the business model is, that local private investors and the local sport clubs were both involved in the planning and implementation process. The co-operation of private and civil partners is a novelty in Hungarian project management.
Re-purpose the business for society/environment
Expected time for the NBS to be fully effective after its implementation
short (immediately to few months)
Expected life time of the intervention
around 10 years
Already feedbacks on the project? In case, the project has already been adapted to new requisites, please explain the modifications brought
Due to the project two parts of the city has been interlinked to each other with a recreational area along the lakeside. Safe biking route and a passage with full of joyful experiences has been created, adventurous both for families and adults. Several services serve the peaceful recreation of visitors: restaurants, sport facilities, playgrounds or services for bikes and other service units.
Success and limiting factors
Forward -thinking and sustainable plan, PPP finance, good partners
The project was a bit oversized compared to the size of the city. A serious collaboration was needed between the partners in question: the municipality, designers and the management of the sport clubs. Despite of the endurence of the stakeholders there were many problems during the development and implementation phase. The main issue was the uncleared ownership of the development site. The co-operation with the private sector wasn't without any failer too.
What makes this project a pioneer?
Brief description of the innovativeness
The area was problematic, because of the presence of sludge-soil. The development applied several NBS tools, as plant choice and habitat conservation. Due to the intervention an urban public park was developed. It was necessary to find those tools, that are appropriate to endure the loading of the foreseeable utilization and the exposure to diverse weather situations too.
Has the project received a prize, an award?
Has the project received a media coverage? (in reviews, in press, etc.)
Lot of coverage in the Öböl TV (media in the regio of Balaton) about the building and about the presentation.
large urban public park
Interview with Attila Nóti and urban planner, György Bárdosi