The Pearl of Kherson – Swan’s Lake
For many years Swan’s Lake, that is located in nowadays park “Kherson Fortress”, was considered to be the heart and soul of Kherson. More than happy, citizens used to stop by water alone or with jolly crowds and whole families taking pleasure in chillness of branchy willows, feasting eyes on swans, tossing coins in order to attract luck…
Since 2002 Lake was deactivated. But memories of those awesome times gathered Kherson folks together from time to time with desire to restore “Lebedinka”.
Three years ago, on 16 May 2015, Kherson folks took part in voluntary Saturday work in order to clean it from decennary rubbish. Mainly this event became a new benchmark, a real step towards Kherson “Lebedinka” renewal.
In 2017 on the initiative of Kherson City Council Deputy, a famous businessman and benevolent person Valerii Borzhkov, the contest for the best concept idea of reconstruction of Kherson six public locations was announced. The winner on “Swan’s Lake” location became the project of a talented young designer Artur Aymetov.
The right time for the dream to come true! Dream of thousands of Kherson folks about comfortable, modern, suitable city can come true due to the ideas and deeds, active position of people, who really love home city.
We will be able to breathe life into Swan’s Lake!
Swan’s Lake is the soul of Kherson, the favorite place for recreation, meetups and place for a stroll. Having united the city authorities, Kherson business and international funds, we will renew the pearl of our city and prove that it is real! This project will become a successful beginning of far-reaching reconstruction of our city!
To renew Lebedinka
Locations of Kherson “Lebedinka” will pleasantly surprise city folks and European tourists. Yes, tourists from Europe, as now they will obligatory like to visit Kherson in particular!
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20 DECEMBER 2017 – CONTEST’S FINAL FOR THE BEST CONCEPT IDEA OF KHERSON PUBLIC LOCATIONS RECONSTRUCTION. THE WINNER IS ANNOUNCED!
14 MARCH 2018 – PRESS-CONFERENCE, DEDICATED TO THE PRESENTATION OF SWAN’S LAKE RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT IN KHERSON
Interview with the "Lebedinka 2018" team's leaders
Participation in the "Swan Lake" reconstruction project in forums and festivals.
Stages of the project
- checkAll set: THE CONTEST WAS ANNOUNCED
On 12 November 2017 the Deputy of Kherson City Council Valerii Borzhkov initiated carrying of contest for the best conceptual ideas for reconstruction of six most known public locations of Kherson, that are rightly considered to be the architectural landmarks of the city.
- checkAll set: THE PROJECT IS CHOSEN. THE WINNER IS ANNOUNCED
On 19 December 2017 at the contest’s finale for the concept ideas of Kherson public locations reconstruction, the first place was given to idea of a revival of Swan’s Lake in the park “Kherson Fortress”. The project “Lebedinka” of the talented young architect Artur Aymetov mesmerized the judging panel and the public in particular with its originality and efficiency of performance. In spite of the fact that the contest was not initiated by the city authority, the results of the contest were supported by Kherson City Council.
- checkAll set: "LEBEDINKA" WAS INCLUDED INTO DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY OF THE CITY
On 22 December 2017 during the meeting of Kherson City Council, the Deputy Elena Mazur suggested to include the reconstruction of Swan’s Lake location into “Kherson Economic and Social Development Program for 2016 – 2018”. The same day the deputy corps of Kherson City Council took the decision #1129 “About Introduction of Amendments to Kherson Economic and Social Development Program for 2016 – 2018” by adding to the list of objects of Capital Construction Management for 2018 the paragraph about reconstruction of “Lebedinka”.
- checkAll set: CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTATION TO BE!
On 22 February 2018 the deputy corps of Kherson City Council took the decision to give 245,000 uah from city budget for the development of construction documentation for reconstruction of “Lebedinka”.
- checkAll set: "LEBEDINKA" IS HELPED BY THE VOLUNTEERS
P/E “Khersonproject” is making an estimate of the project “Swan’s Lake” free of charge.
- checkAll set: “LEBEDINKA” TEAM IS CREATED!
In March 2018 the initiators of the project, business and the publicity representatives, caring Kherson folks, united by the desire to renew the pearl of the home city, created “Lebedinka” Team that will implement the project into life.
- checkAll set: Swan's Lake is one of the theatrical life centers
Kherson's Lebedinka is included into the locations list of green-zones of XX Anniversary Theatrical Festival "Melpomena Tavrii". On May 20th Kherson Regional Academic Music and Drama Theater named after Mykola Kulish will show a mono play "A Kitty to Collect the Darkness" (by Neda Nejdana) and well-known pearl of its repertoire - a play "Forest Song" (by Lesya Ukrainka) at Lebedinka.
- checkAll set: The beginning of June 2018
XXI session of Kherson City Council has taken significant decisions on Lebedinka: the fountain's bowl was put on City Communal Enterprise's books; there was taken a permit to develop the project of land allocations; budget funds were given for design specifications and estimates development. Swan's Lake has status and authority in charge of it now!
- flagWork in progress: ESTIMATION ON STREAM!
The May - June 2018: development of construction documentation.
- starForthcoming: Finding Investors
April - June 2018 - finding investors, funds, project's members. Investors are ready to invest their own funds in the development of the lake found, but without a documentary base, the development of funds and the beginning of construction work is impossible.
- starForthcoming: RETIFICATION
1. Inventory of "Swan Lake". 2. Make an estimate of the design of the lake (the cost of what is left of it). 3. The object was transferred to the balance of the enterprise KP "Kherson city center of property relations." 4. The Department of Capital Construction of the Kherson City Council issued a technical design assignment.
- starForthcoming: Final agreement
1. Finish the project. 2. To carry out examination. 3. Get a building permit.
Our mission is to reach synergy, to gather team for project’s realization and give a new life to the location “Lebedinka”. Join the Team! We are looking forward to real propositions and help!
The initiator of contest for the best conceptual ideas on the reconstruction of community locations of Kherson, Deputy of Kherson City Council
“I know that there are lots of people in Kherson who would like to live in this city and make changes here for the better. One of our most important aims is to start changing this city, for people to believe that Kherson has future and it can be very beau
Head of Kherson Women Union
“As Mother of two small children I dream for our city to renew its landmark – Lebedinka (Swan’s Lake). For our children to be able to inherit a creation of an incredible beauty from us and for our children to be proud of us.”
the winner of the contest of schematic designs of reconstruction projects “Swan’s Lake”, young architecture, interior and landscape designer, visualizer
“We were walking with a friend of mine, discussing the idea what if to take some locations of the city and make them more comfortable, modern and attractive for Kherson folks? When we were walking along Swan’s Lake we understood that mainly this symbol o
Deputy of Kherson City Council
“I wend my way through life with a credo - by deed, not by word! That is why I am supporting the reconstruction project of Swan’s Lake – just because I would for this significant historical object to be returned to the city! For the tourists to visit us.
Head of Kherson Regional Academic Music and Drama Theater named after M. Kulish
“It is high time to change something around you and not to wait till another Mayor comes. No! We, the community, should understand that if every person changes something around, the whole city and country will be changed.”
The active member of Lebedinka (Swan’s Lake) reconstruction
“I was walking with my daughter along the lake and she asked me: “Why is it so dirty here?” It was that sparkle that marked the beginning of the rebirth of Lebedinka. I started looking for the information about the lake and found the schematic design of A
the active member, Assistant of Valerii Borzhkov
“I would like to make my city better. Every Kherson inhabitant can participate in this project: either with an idea, or financially, or knowledge. I wish for everybody who are not indifferent to get involved.”
the active member, IT Administrator
“I would like to change something in Kherson, not only for myself, but for others as well. And if there is a possibility to take part in such kind of a project, even on charitable basis, it will be a plus both to the city and to me, as I will have a possi