Drug addicts, prostitutes, garbage, syringes, feces, closed toilets, construction debris, graffiti, weeds, neglected spaces. The majority assumed that if "Budapest belongs to everyone", it will be good, but there are signs that "Budapest has become everyone's", except for the working, fair taxpayer, respect for social norms and laws, living in a family, raising a child normal people.
Under the leadership of Gergely Karácsony, the videos of public parks became ruined
MOSTOHÁN MANAGES THE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT WITH GREEN AREAS WHICH MAKE IT ACCIDENTALLY HAZARDOUS
The local government of the capital did not carry out the most basic maintenance work in the public parks it maintains - where, in addition to serious public cleanliness problems, visitors may also face accidents and poor public safety. In Népliget, Gellért Hill and Városmajor.
Although it's a good time here, and more and more people are staying outdoors in Budapest, in some of the capital's parks, visitors can easily be pleasantly surprised.
In addition to the fact that the basic maintenance works were not carried out in the public parks maintained by the capital headed by Gergely Karácsony - Népliget, Gellérthegy and Városmajor - in some places we can encounter accident-prone conditions and questionable public safety.
Decaying cobblestones, rotting trees
We faced the latter problem in Népliget on a bright day: we had just entered the largest green area of Budapest; The barefoot, heavily bleeding-toed man wanted to ask a cigarette from our staff, who had been added to the Cityscape Destroyer blogger: after we told him we weren't smoking, he shook his head and said threateningly that he didn't believe it and that he knew we had at least one thread in exchange. he also offered the canned beer he had already consumed. Meanwhile, he pulled closer and closer and left us there only several times at a strong call, trying at the homeless sitting at the nearby wooden tables. A few minutes later - we were still only 40-50 meters away from Könyves Kálmán Boulevard - a Marcona man raced past us, pushing us out of his way. He listened to his mobile phone playing amusing music lying on his shoulder like a bag radio, carrying a piece of metal of suspicious origin in a heavy bag in his other hand.
The environment was not more encouraging in Népliget either: concrete blocks that have lost their function, from which rusty iron pipes protrude, are missing in several places. There is a danger of tripping, crumbling cobblestones everywhere in the park, and in the green parts there are pits that are difficult to notice at first. The playground is also far from the ideal condition: a mother complained that she could not even drain water from the public well for her three-year-old child because of the muddy water standing around her ankles around the incomplete pedestal structure.
Apart from the woman and her child, only the homeless sat on the worn-out benches of the playground. In Népliget, construction debris, as well as discarded wrapping paper, butts, soft drink and beer cans, lie in many places, such as the former E-Club building, which has not been in operation for a long time. There are several sick trees in the park, but a warning sign has been placed on the trunk of the tree to be cut down, which means that if someone goes close enough to read the Main Garden notice, they have already put themselves in danger of an accident. Nor do you know exactly when the capital plans to remove the rotten trees.
Gellérthegy is one of the most well-known places in Budapest, and the importance of this public park is also increased by the fact that it also influences the international perception and image of Hungary through the experience of foreigners visiting Hungary. After the opening of the terraces yesterday, more people than usual decided to go for more or less mountain walks, but Gellert Hill is apparently not in the condition expected from perhaps the most important public park of the capital.
Gutted lamps, piles of rubbish
Several people also stumbled on the crumbling, incomplete staircases during our report, and an older lady did not fall on one of the stone stairs on the Szabó Dezső promenade, thanks only to her couple, because she did not notice that the entire bottom row was missing. There was a hiker who reported that several people in this place had already sprained their ankles.
The asphalt paths leading to the stairs are not in better condition either, deep potholes and holes were formed in them at many points.
And the roads scattered with pebbles are considered completely obsolete, and according to several hikers, it is a real nightmare to push a bicycle, a pram or even a wheelchair. None of these three parks meet the expected accessibility criteria, but in the case of Gellert Hill, traffic can even be life-threatening for people with reduced mobility. It is worth noting that Gergely Karácsony, who put accessibility on his flag in connection with metro line 3, did practically nothing in this matter.
Gellért Hill (video):https://youtu.be/VYl25BOXUAU
Although several hikers say that a facility similar to a waiting room is used to relax hikers heading to the top of the hill, to put it mildly, the thatched roof makes the building completely unsuitable for this function in the event of rain. In the waiting room, inside which there is only a thin wooden bench running along the wall, two young people smoked on our arrival. The bottles of beer and short drinks on the ground, as well as the suspicious stains on the ground and bench, also indicate that it is not actually the hikers who are using the otherwise almost completely refined walled room.
Next to the promenades, the rubbish bins are full-fledged — some of them tipped out of their holders on the ground — and often lie in garbage for several meters, from banana peels to paper handkerchiefs used for toilet paper. The dilapidated, sculpted, toilet-shaped stone building next to the playground is closed for “technical” reasons, and the inscription directs visitors to a mobile toilet much further away. Although the lack of public lighting on the mountain can in itself pose a serious risk of accidents, some lamp stands are still gutted without a luminaire. As in Népliget, the management and informing of visitors on Gellért Hill is completely imaginative and not uniform, which can be dangerous due to the high altitude in the latter place and the notoriously poor public safety of some parts of Népliget.
The attic is full of promises
Városmajor, which is also popular with joggers due to its running circle, is also treated with a stepmother Karácsony: there is no trace of the maintenance and rehabilitation work due in the spring. There is a stark contrast to the orderliness of the area with full or round rubbish bins, butts and wrapping paper scattered throughout the park.
Similar scenery to the other two locations can be found here: weed-covered concrete elements, outdated playground equipment, and sculpted concrete-based, crumbling, wood-paneled street benches. There are also protruding, accident-prone bolts, and it is not uncommon for a tree trunk to grow on the pavement.
The lack of regular mowing of grass and bushes is striking, and the crown of the trees is apparently shaped only by nature. It should be noted that green spaces play a special role in the life of the capital: in addition to their aesthetic role, they also influence the climate, the quality of the environment and the development of space. Ensuring the survival and development of green spaces is a legal requirement, which is important not only for the population, but also for the attractiveness of the district.
We sent our questions to the capital's municipality: what is the reason why the most basic maintenance works of the public parks were not completed until the middle of spring? According to the press of Gergely Karácsony, the Main Garden will give an answer, if this happens, we will announce. It is also not known when the Town Hall Park, announced by Gergely Karácsony in the mayor's campaign two years ago, can open its doors to the general public. The long-term plans are known, the action plan setting out the main elements of the greening of Budapest has been made public, which mentions housing estate greening, a memorial forest, a park chain, new rows of trees and renewable streams, but it is not known when these promises are planned.
Visitor-friendly in the renewable City Park
City Park shows a much more tidy picture than other parks in the capital. In addition to the fact that many investments are still being made in the public park (including the Hungarian House of Music and the Ethnographic Museum), Városliget Zrt., Which manages the Liget Budapest projects, has demolished almost all the dilapidated, abandoned, rusty, graffiti buildings. building is dozed down. In the vacated parts, where no new building for cultural purposes will be created, they will be landscaped. By the way, all public toilets in the City Park are open. The Városliget large playground, the Városligeti Sportcentrum, the running circuit are the best in their respective categories in Budapest, and the newly created gastronomy places are quite popular. What makes the park even more visitor-friendly is that it is easily and conveniently accessible by car thanks to the underground garage of the new Ethnographic Museum.