Prague’s infamous Vrchlického Sady Park, known as “Prague Sherwood”, is to transform, with a new tram track running across. The park, located outside the Main Station, is to be completely revitalized. A project designer will be selected by the Prague Institute of Planning and Development in a competitive dialogue. The terms are to be defined in cooperation with Prague 1 and the Prague Public Transit Company.
Centrally located Vrchlického Sady Park have long enjoyed bad reputation. The City of Prague has now decided to change that and tasked the Prague Institute of Planning and Development with organizing a competitive dialogue to select a project designer for revitalization of the park and construction of a tram track. The winner will be selected jointly by the Institute, Prague 1 (operator of the park) and the Prague Public Transit Company (operator of the tram track to be built).
The construction of a new tram track between existing tram stops Muzeum and Bolzanova is one of the key parts of the revitalization. According to available documentation for a proposed change in the zoning plan, the new tram track will lead through Wilsonova, Politických Vězňů and Washingtonova streets, run in front of the New Terminal of the Main Station in Vrchlického Sady Park, and continue to Opletalova Street, where it will join an existing track at the Opletalova x Bolzanova junction.
The capital city decided to select the designer for the project in a so-called competitive dialogue involving experts on the key aspects. Bidders are required to set up teams with extensive expertise in multiple fields, including landscape architecture, architecture, and a transport engineering with specialization on tram tracks. Documentation for the competitive dialogue will include an anthropological research, consultations with local businesses, a dendrological survey, and a noise study of the planned tram line.