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Winning Ideas

Ideas that have won so far


  • Investing in presentation technology for Kultuurikvartal (Culture block). It was put into practice in 2014.


  • Renovating barriers on the banks of the Emajõgi. It was put into practice in 2015.
  • More convenient sidewalks at intersections. It was put into practice in 2015.


  • Draft Design / Feasibility Study for Tartu Mechanical Arena. It was put into practice in  2017.
  • Amphitheatre on Toome Hill. It was not put into practice.


  • Reconstruction of the roof of the historical stable building. The building at Jänese 23, Raadi, was built as a stable in 1913 and is the only surviving building of its kind in Estonia and the Baltic States. It is also important in terms of cultural, military and sports history. At present, children and young people can use it to practise horse-riding, and therapy sessions for special needs people, public events and competitions are also held there. Reconstruction of the roof of the stable building will save it from destruction. It was put into practice in  2017.
  • Aparaaditehas Pocket Park. The plan is to turn the courtyard of Aparaaditehas in the Vaksali-Kastani district into a ‘pocket park’, where people can enjoy greenery, sit on benches or in cafés with terraces. The park will also have a hopscotch area for children and a community stage for performances and concerts. The park will be open from early morning until late at night. It was put into practice in  2017.


  • Walking Trails Along the Banks of the Emajõgi River and in the Tähtvere Arboretum. Tracks would run along the river bank starting from Tähtvere Sports Park and including the Jänese hiking area and dendropark. The swampy river banks mean that a range of actions would need to be undertaken in order to construct such tracks. It was put into practice in  2018.
  • Movement Inspiring Courtyard. Students at Mart Reinik School together with scientists from Tartu University and parents have prepared a conceptual design for the courtyard of their school so as to get students exercising more during breaks and after school. The courtyard area would also be open for public use for people living nearby. It was put into practice in  2019.


  • Outdoor area of Tartu City Centre School that advocates physical activity. Tartu City Centre School has more than half a thousand students. Starting from this year, all kids have one 20-minute outdoor recess. We want our kids to MOVE as much as possible during the outdoor breaks rather than spending that time sitting (again!) and poking at their smartphones. Kids need to run, jump, climb and play – that would make them happier and more focused when they return to the class. Kids love the outdoor recess but there is limited space around the school and there is not much gear available for activities today. With the participative budgeting project, we would like to build climbing and hanging poles, strength and balance exercise equipment, a ball game court, trails, kickbike ramps, etc. It was put into practice in 2019.
  • Annelinn’s sports ground renovation.  The aim is to build a court with a suitable surface for ball games and other sports outside the Tartu Descartes’ School and Tartu Hansa School along with exercise equipment next to the court. At the moment the area is dated, it mainly comprises of a running track with a natural surface, a soccer field and an area for ball games and outdoor training equipment. The tarmac on the ball game court is broken with grass growing from the cracks, deep puddles form when it rains. We wish to offer the schools and kindergartens, as well as the nearby residents a chance to engage in active sports both on the ball game field and in the outdoor gym. It was put into practice in 2019.


  • Excellent bikeways. The purpose of the idea was to make the movement of cyclists in the city safer and more convenient. In cooperation with the author of the idea, Soola Street was chosen because cyclists have repeatedly pointed out that moving by bicycle between Turusild (Market Bridge) and Aleksandri Street could be smoother and safer. In the course of the works, a cycle and pedestrian track with communications, a sidewalk, pedestrian crossings and lighting will be built along the section of Soola Street from Väike-Turu Street to Turu Street. A parking area for bicycles, along with a shelter, will be built along the street, and traffic safety will be increased through the construction of intersections and exits. Deciduous trees and bushes will be planted next to the cycle and pedestrian track, and rubbish bins and a bench will be installed. It was put into practice in 2020.
  • Tähtpere Garden at Tartu Catholic School. Tähtpere Garden is a playing environment open for everyone in Tähtvere, next to the Catholic Church. The new garden would combine physical activities, urban nature and learning science through playing. In the park area, everyone from children to pensioners would find a peaceful place to sit and think. Activities for schoolchildren and families would be concentrated in the area in front of the building, with a roomy playground and a ball game ground separated from the park by a jungle gym. The jungle gym can be used for climbing, hanging and swinging while learning the effects of the laws of physics. The park area would feature local shrubs and undergrowth plants besides trees; hotels would be installed for insects, birds and hedgehogs. It was put into practice in 2021.


  • Raadi green football park grandstand. The number of football fans in Tartu has grown exponentially in recent years; unfortunately, current football infrastructure is unable to accommodate all who are interested. Tartu football club Welco is building a special football stadium at Raadi, in close proximity to the Estonian National Museum, the keywords of which are environmental protection and carbon neutrality. At the heart of the complex is a grandstand based on a wooden structure with a unique architectural solution. As football is mostly played in Estonia in bad weather, it is extremely important for both spectators and players that it is possible to watch games and trainings without rain and snow falling in their collars. In addition to football, the grandstand with its roof and walls provides an opportunity to organize concerts and performances, an outdoor cinema, and enjoy them all while staying dry. It will be put into practice in  2022.
  • Creating an area inviting movement in the yard of the Veeriku School. The Veeriku School suffers from a great lack of space, both in terms of the breaks between lessons and in teaching work, especially in the case of physical education classes. The school yard is completely depreciated and there are also no mobility opportunities for school-age children in the Veeriku area with its 5400 inhabitants. In order to provide students with better conditions for physical activities during the school day and for the residents of the entire area outside of school time, we are planning an outdoor area that invites people to move about, which takes into account the interests and needs of schoolchildren of different ages (pump track, parkour wall, outdoor gym, etc.) and offers attractive activities for more passive young people (a table tennis table, rest areas, etc.). It was put into practice in 2021.


  • Port railway as a cycle and pedestrian track green corridor. A scenic and safe connecting road for cycle and pedestrian traffic can be built on the site of the former port railway. Following the removal of the rails, the historic port rail corridor has already been transformed into an exciting urban movement corridor, where it is pleasant to move, away from the dangers of car traffic, exhaust gas and noise. However, the coarse crushed stone left by the railway is not smooth enough to allow for comfortable walking, running or rolling. At the same time, it is an ideal foundation for a grit or asphalt covered footpath and cycle track. The port railway and bicycle path is a quiet traffic corridor safely separated from cars, which allows for a pleasant stay in urban nature and offers habitats for many species of plants and animals. It will be put into practice in  2022.
  • Modernisation of the Emajõgi beach area. Tartu is well-suited for enjoying a relaxing holiday, where greenery and a pleasant urban landscape meet. Routes of travel along the Emajõgi River are being developed, but there is no representative beach. The aim is to create a representative beach on the song festival stage side of the river, with a proper toilet, washing facilities, proper changing rooms and a safe place to store things. There are many cyclists in Tartu, yet there are not enough bike ricks for people who come to the beach. Beaches that have become overgrown along their edges must once again be cleaned and expanded. It will be put into practice in  2022.


Last changed 26.01.2022