Location of the public territory: Park – monument “Crane Peak” (known as the Monument of Rest or the Bulgarian-Soviet friendship).

Current condition: The place has been abandoned and unmaintained for many years. The bad thing is that there is an intensive construction process in the lowest part of the park, which is at a very advanced stage.

The place symbolizes the failure of the local government to protect one of the largest and most visited parks in the city of Varna.

Project idea: To restore the complex. Reconstruct the central axis and fill and secure all tunnels and bunkers under it to avoid new deformations over time.

To improve the landscape and to afforest the whole terrain, to add park elements and sports facilities. Design new accessible paths and routes at each level.

To reconstruct the concrete body of the monument. The project envisages building the bird’s body from ecological building materials.

To repair the interior of the monument, as its main purpose will be for an ecological school, ecological center.
Let this monument not be accepted as a symbol of an irretrievably past epoch, but as a new beginning of the life of our city.

About the author: Anton Bogdev is an engineer – designer. He graduated from the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia and the National High School of Humanities and Arts “Konstantin Preslavski” in Varna. His competencies include: production of specialized maps, creation of digital terrain models, vertical planning, calculation of volumes and quantities, geographic information systems. Contact: anton_bogdev@abv.bg.

We are also waiting for your suggestions for the initiative “What does EcoVarna look like” at e-mail: ecovarna.info@gmail.com.

Projects must:

– to ensure a balance between natural and anthropogenic factors and to create preconditions for sustainable development of Varna;

– to contain a short explanatory part about the location of the public territory, its current state and vision for its future development;

– to be accompanied by a visualization – a photo of the current state of the place and a color sketch, a diagram of the future;

– be accompanied by a short CV of the author;

The projects will be published in the cause “Urban Development” on the site ecovarna.info. After the completion of the initiative (until the collection of 12 project ideas) they will be submitted to the Union of Architects – Varna. All 12 ideas of “What EcoVarna looks like” will be presented in an official exhibition during the civic forum “Conference on Democracy 2021”, which is held annually on the last Saturday of February.

What EcoVarna Looks Like is part of the Active for Public Spaces initiative.

Translator: Valentina Vagge



Improving public knowledge about the role of Civil Society Organizations

The project “Improving public knowledge about the role of Civil Society Organizations” shall be implemented with the financial support of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under the EEA Financial Mechanism. The main goal of the project is to improve citizens’ awareness of the role of non-governmental organizations in society. This material is established with the financial support of the Active Citizens Fund of Bulgaria under the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area. The whole responsibility for the content of the document is held by the Public Environmental Center for Sustainable Development and under no circumstances can this material be considered to reflect the official opinion of the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area and the Active Citizens Fund of Bulgaria.