Photos: Rīga's historic Ēbelmuižas Park restored

The historic Ēbelmuižas Park in Rīga, Ziepniekkalns, has been renovated and landscaped - pavement and gravel paths have been created, 40 new benches have been placed, waste bins and bicycle racks have been installed, and new lighting has been built, the municipality said.

"Ēbelmuižas Park has a new life. It is a popular place for recreation and walks for the residents of the neighborhood. Visitors to the park have the opportunity to appreciate both a beautiful historic manor park and a modern and accessible environment for all residents," said Viesturs Zeps, Chairman of the Housing and Environment Committee of the Riga City Council. 

The cultural space "Strops/Hive" will also return to the park this summer, alongside the improvement of Ēbelmuiža Park. A total of nine cultural events will take place on weekends in June and July. The first of these will be on International Children's Day, 1 June, at 16:00, when the Liepāja Puppet Theatre will perform "The Song of the Mermaid" in Ēbelmuižas Park, said Liene Masļeņikova from the Riga Neighbourhood Residents' Centre. 

The 9.3-hectare Ēbelmuižas Park was built around the old Ēbela manor in the center of Ziepniekkalns between Graudu, Zaļenieku, Ēbelmuižas and Valdeķu streets. It is one of the oldest manor parks in Riga and is considered the heart of the neighborhood. The park is home to the thickest oak tree in Pārdaugava, 5.6 meters in circumference.

In the 1970s, the park was not very well maintained; in the mid-1980s, it gradually began to overgrow and turn into an impenetrable jungle. Proper maintenance only began about ten years ago.


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