RIVERSIDE PARK – The riverside park is of a natural origin - it is the symbol of the entire Simeonovo River Park complex. Due to the linear configuration of the park – on one hand it is a design challenge while on the other hand it is a favourable moment for interesting decisions by a succession of various types of nooks, accents, different types of recreation and feelings. The riverside park is of a forest park type that is closest to the natural and free forms of nature.
In contrast to THE PEDESTRIAN AREA, which is a media for a more active kind of relaxation, general access areas and it offers possibilities for social contacts, here at the riverside park the areas are smaller and they offer cosiness, solitude and contemplation. This is the park that offers possibilities for sports activities in the open air. The modern essence of the project, in compliance with the contemporary relaxation requirements of the people are embedded in the structure of the architectural components in the individual subzones and the type of materials.
There will be active and passive areas and in certain places are inserted modular elements that give a structural rhythm to the project. Areas for quiet and active relaxation alternate with each other, for example the WALK ZONE, the PERGOLI ZONE with the CHAISE-LOUNGE ZONE.
The central entrance of the park is connected with the most representative Art subzone of the pedestrian zone. From there you can see the Chapel – an original cultural centre. This is the name of the fifth zone of the riverside park – the CHAPEL ZONE. It includes a playground for children, a pergola, places to sit and a modular group with fountains, which are organised in the only square area in the park.
Southwards from the Chapel zone are situated the SHELTER SOUTH ZONE and the PLAYGROUND FOR CHILDREN - HILLS – these are two interconnected zones that allow simultaneous organisation of the leisure time for adults and children. The Shelter South zone includes a barbecue and several tables around it, with a shelter above them and places for picnic in the open air. The Playground for children zone – Hills includes wooden facilities for children aged 6-10, which develop their physical abilities and are suitable for subject-role games. Two artificial hills are located there and they have areas for winter games and slides.
Northwards from the Chapel zone is the CONTEMPLATION ZONE, including a modular group with flower pots and places to sit.
Another zone is the so called PERGOLI ZONE, organized by landscape wooden platforms and steps, a part of it is under a pergola construction. It is designated for quiet games, a nice vista, relaxation, reading and activities during unfavourable meteorological conditions.
After the calm zone there is a noisier, public zone, called COFFEE LOUNGE ZONE. There are several modular platforms with seats and wooden grilles for the tables. The lounge construction resembles a summer bar in a natural environment.
The last two zones on the North are located in succession for a quiet and an active type of relaxation. The first one is the lounge zone for summer sun bathing. The other one is situated on the North and is sheltered, it has a barbecue bar for meeting friends. It can be used in the summer and in the winter time.
Alongside the riverside park are situated areas for walks with pets.
The riverside park has three approaches – Northern, Southern and Central. They are connected to the pedestrian area and the surrounding plots of the complex. The main passages through the riverside park are two, differentiated by the pavements – a main lane – a sand pavement, 3,50 m wide and a secondary lane, 2,50 m wide, made of wooden and stone pavements. Their paths are crossing and thus the relaxation nooks are organised. The indentation line brings a good type of mood and echoes again the name of the entire complex like a metaphor for water and waves. The average inclination of the present ground is 9-10%, which is admissible for lane design on the terrain without steps and support walls that facilitates the access for bicycles, baby carriages and small transport vehicles for the river bed maintenance and plants in the riverside park.
STRUCTURE OF TREE AND BUSH GROUPS
The vegetation structure has a landscape style, creating a favourable micro climate for relaxation, rest and sporting activities. We use as a base the present vegetation of similar sized trees – willows, ashes, alders, sycamores, field maples, poplars. The tree and bush groups are consistent with the basic principles of wind protection, shadow for the places to sit and around the lanes in the hot seasons, sound isolation from the nearby private plots. Also all the other resources, described in the Pedestrian zone, but here we have an easier structure of spaces and vegetation.