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Ideas for Tartu’s participative budget will be introduced on Kaarsild Bridge

Tartu City Government Press Release

18 September / The 25 ideas for this year’s participative budget will be on display at the Kaarsild Bridge exhibition, with residents of Tartu being able to vote for their favourites from 1–7 October 2020.


In addition to the Kaarsild exhibition, the ideas will be available online at (www.tartu.ee/en/participative-budgeting) and in the Town Hall Information Centre.


All those who are interested are invited to visit the Lodjakoda at 17.00 on 29 September, at which time the authors will introduce their ideas and answer questions about how their idea in particular will help make Tartu a better place. The event will also be broadcast live, and can be followed via the Tartu homepage and the City of Tartu’s Facebook page.


During a participative budget vote, each Tartu resident can vote for up to three ideas. The two ideas receiving the most votes will be implemented next year. Voting is open to anyone at least 14 years of age, whose residence, according to the population register, is the City of Tartu.


You can vote electronically from 1–7 October, either in the local government council/government information system Volis or the Town Hall Information Centre. Voting will end at 18.00 on 7 October, and the results will be announced immediately.


The following 25 ideas have been put up for a vote:


Idea No. 1. AHHAA Discovery Park

Idea No. 2. Annelinn’s sidewalks

Idea No. 3. Reviving the port railway

Idea No. 4. Emajõgi riverfront railings

Idea No. 5. A biologically diverse cultural courtyard for the entire Forselius and Ropka family

Idea No. 6. Complementing green areas with shrubs

Idea No. 7. Härma Sports and Adventure Park

Idea No. 8. Construction of the Ihaste Sports Park

Idea No. 9. Cameras for Tartu’s bridges

Idea No. 10. Karu Park for a European picnic park

Idea No. 11. Disc Golf park

Idea No. 12. Children’s adventure trail between the Emajõgi River and Anne Canal

Idea No. 13. Creating an area inviting movement in the yard of the Veeriku School

Idea No. 14. Pump track

Idea No. 15. Raadi green football park grandstand

Idea No. 16. Roofs for bicycle parking lots

Idea No. 17. More benches in the urban space

Idea No. 18. Fixing up the pond in Supilinn

Idea No. 19. Sustainable renovation house in Karlova

Idea No. 20. Development of Tartu’s visual living environment

Idea No. 21. Streets free of cigarette butts

Idea No. 22. Floating stage on the Emajõgi River

Idea No. 23. Leisure opportunities at the Anne Youth Centre

Idea No. 24. Water curtain for Kaarsild Bridge

Idea No. 25. Outdoor exercise machines for the older generation


More information about the content of the ideas is available here.


This year, 98 ideas were submitted for Tartu’s participative budget, of which, after expert meetings and summer public discussions, 25 ideas emerged, over which a referendum will be held.


An idea for the participative budget can be an investment object with a maximum cost of EUR 100,000. The goal is to implement at least two ideas in 2021 for EUR 200,000.


Tartu was the first local government in Estonia to organise a participative budget, doing so for the first time in 2013.


Last changed 18.09.2020