Sporta pils dārzi (Gardens of Sporta Pils) is a project organized by the citizens of Riga with an aim to open the former Sporta Pils complex territory that is currently inactive – projects for new residential area have been developed but construction works have not begun either. So more than two hectares territory thanks to its owner and activists is released for public use. During the territory’s development stage started in 2020 and 2021, as first season till 2023, as currently is agreed, the gardens will host different cultural and educational activities in its flowery meadows and offer private urban gardening spaces for rent. The project’s intention is to encourage the citizens of Riga to take an active part in the city's development and improvement as well as to create the place and time for promoting a more healthy and sustainable lifestyle and offer a possibility for an educational and contemporary leisure time.
During the project's first stage, in the fall of 2020, with the help of more than 150 community members, the territory was tidied up and adapted according to the project's needs. In the spring of 2021 the territory was opened to the public, both to the potential gardeners and guests. The Gardens of Sporta pils project relies on socially active citizens of Riga as well as on the support of its commercial partners that are both willing to stand up for a greener and more socially inclusive urban environment and are willing to take part in its creation. The Gardens of Sporta pils is a non-profit organization consisting of activists, citizens of Riga, with a common aim to actively participate in the improvement of the urban environment.
More information: https://sportapilsdarzi.lv/en/about