Pae Promenade forms a part of the pedestrian road network planned at the time Lasnamäe was established. The given section is located in the most active part of the network between Pae market and retail area.
The main aim of the project was to give new life and breathing to the outdated pedestrian section and turn it into a cosy leisure area. It was important to consider both pedestrians and cyclists.
The play and climbing elements were selected as universal and abstract as possible to offer joy to a wide range of people. For instance, we created tartan track waves where children can ride their kick scooters or climb on. In choosing the location of the playgrounds it was important to keep them in calmer areas close to the apartment buildings and also create a more interactive area between the shops and the market.
An equally important role is played by green areas. All the existing plants on the edges of the promenade – trees and bushes – were retained. New green oases were created along the path. Urban green areas and plants contribute to the improvement of the local microclimate and creating positive experience. Accentuating the large paved areas with trees, bushes and grasses helps to decrease the urban heat island effect and provides shelter on hot summer days.
In the course of the project, the promenade was given a fresh pavement and a number of trendy benches and stools. The path also received a new graphic image: based on the rational geometry of Lasnamäe, a new asphalt graphics was elaborated and complemented with concrete cylinders. On the one hand, the cylinders function as barriers ensuring pedestrian safety by preventing vehicle access to the promenade, on the other hand, they also function as playful elements where people can either place their shopping bags or climb on to widen their horizons.