Dilijan City Park Renovation Project
About the project
Dilijan City Park is the main town’s public space. At the moment, the park does not meet modern standards of improvement. In 2022, within the Dilijan Comprehensive Development Program Impulse Management Company initiated a park renovation project.
Renovated city park with varied infrastructure and event program will increase the quality of life of citizens and will attract tourists, will create an impulse for the development and improvement of neighbouring territories of the city, will logically connect them with a pedestrian infrastructure.
Impulse management company together with the Project Group 8 develop the territory of the park in the scope of the logic of participatory design — local residents, representatives of the administration, business and expert community jointly define the goals and objectives of the development of the territory. Due to this approach, it will be possible to find solutions which will consider requests of all the user groups of the park.
During the preparation for the project, the team of architects, in partnership with the Socies sociological center and urban media Urbanista.am, conducted
32 express interviews with park visitors
29 personal and group interviews with citizens
12 focus groups
3 city-wide discussions
267 questionnaires from citizens were collected regarding their opinions and requests. In total, more than 600 people took part in the work on the park development concept.
The study of park users and their needs in the framework of the scoping study identified five main requests from the residents of Dilijan, which were reflected in the project:
1. The park should work in any weather (sheds from the rain, comfortable paths, and infrastructure for winter recreation are needed).
2. The park needs areas for creativity and study.
3. The park lacks conditions for interaction with water (piers and boats, an open embankment, and regulated fishing).
4. The park should create points of contact between the city and the forest (outputs to hiking trails, connection with Dilijan National Park).
5. The park is a visiting card and image of Dilijan (a reflection of the culture, history, identity of the city).
The project initiators are Impulse management company and Dilijan city park team, the project developer is Project Group 8 team, the media partner is Urbanista.am.
The Dilijan City Park renovation project is implemented within the Dilijan Development Program, launched by Ruben Vardanyan and Veronika Zonabend in 2012.
The full program for the renovation and development of Dilijan City Park, sociological research, the results of city discussions, as well as a feedback form for ideas and suggestions are available on the official website of the project.