SQUARES OPEN FOR EVERY SCHOOL. THE MUNICIPALITY LAUNCHES PHASE 2 DEDICATED TO CHILDREN AND CHILDREN

Online the notice to collect new proposals. In the coming months, aggregation events in existing spaces with the “Piazze Aperte For Kids” parties

(mi-lorenteggio.com) Milan, 19 November 2022 – The Municipality of Milan aims to increase the number of Open Squares with a project aimed at girls and boys, which aims to increase the public space and pedestrian areas available to the most children in front of schools.

After the 40 interventions carried out by the Open Squares program between 2018 and 2022 and the over 25 thousand square meters made pedestrian and transformed into public spaces, a new phase is therefore starting which will, as always, have citizens at the center of the design.

From today, the public notice Open Squares for each school, developed in collaboration with the Agenzia Mobilità Ambiente Territorio (Amat), is online on the website of the Municipality of Milan, for the presentation of proposals for redevelopment and collaboration.

The call is aimed at finding individuals who want to collaborate with the Municipality of Milan in the design, construction, maintenance and activation of new Open Squares near kindergartens, primary and secondary schools.

The proposals must concern roads and public spaces near schools, throughout the territory of the Municipality of Milan. The public notice is aimed at schools, associations and committees of school parents, other non-profit organizations, social streets registered in the register, owners of commercial activities and homes that directly overlook public spaces, also proposed by active citizens as individual subjects or gathered in social formations.

The proposed projects, if evaluated positively, could lead to a collaboration agreement and the implementation of the intervention, which will have an experimental and temporary nature, followed by a monitoring phase.

In the coming months, there will also be moments of aggregation for citizens and celebrations for the little ones thanks to “Piazze Aperte for Kids”, a proposal approved by the City Council for the search for subjects who organize activities for recreational and social purposes.

These initiatives will be implemented in public spaces transformed thanks to the Open Squares program, launched in 2018 in collaboration with Bloomberg Associates and the Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI).

“I believe that Milan should have the ambition to offer more child-friendly spaces – declares Pierfrancesco Maran, councilor for the District Plan -. For this reason, thanks to the support of Amat, we have imagined this tool which, through the involvement of citizens, will lead to the creation of new open squares”.

“Changing the face of the streets in front of schools – added Arianna Censi, Councilor for Mobility – means changing the face of the neighbourhood, as well as making access safer for the boys and girls who frequent them. This is why we are working to offer this option to the largest number of schools in Milan”.

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