The main municipal parks, where one can find rest, amusement and entertainment, are the following:
Ayios Dimitrios Park
The largest park in Strovolos, Agios Dimitrios Park is located between the Makarios hospital and the English school, with entrances from Akropoleos Avenue, Koritsas Street and D. Liperti Street. In the two latter entrances there are also parking spaces. The park has a kiosk, a playground, footpaths, sitting areas, fountains, squares, a small amphitheatre and lush vegetation. The total cost for the construction and equipment of the park is estimated at around 1,2 million pounds, with government funding covering four-fifths of the cost.
Located in the Sarandaspiliou area in Acropolis, north of Athalassas Avenue, entrances can be found at Pentelis Street, Mikinon Street, P. Kaspi Street, and Dasoupoleos Street, with parking spaces at the north and south sides.
The park was completed recently according to plans by architects Ioakim and Loizias after an architectural competition. The park has lush vegetation and an exquisite natural beauty, with the natural caves being an important element. The caves have been brought out and developed and can be used for events. The lakes and the fountains, the big wooden bridge, the pedestrian pathways and the sitting areas complete the pretty scenery of the park.
In the park there is a restaurant and a kiosk. There is also a playground, an area for sports activities, and a small amphitheatre for several events.
The total cost of the construction and the equipment of the park is estimated at around 2,3 million pounds, with government funding covering two-thirds of the cost.
Takis Zembilas Park
The first park to be created in Strovolos, Takis Zembilas Park is located at the heart of the Municipality, the Chriseleousa area, with entrances from Kasou Street, Rodou Street and Tenedou Street. It is medium in size (about 6,000 square metres) but is very nice and can be used by all ages. It has a kiosk, a square and a small lake, a small amphitheatre, a playground, a sports area, foot-walks and sitting areas. The cost for its construction was completely covered by the Municipality.
The park is fenced. It opens daily at 5:00 am and it closes at 10:00 pm in the summer and at 8:00 pm in the winter.
The park was named after the late Takis Zembilas, a former City Council Member, who prepared the plans but passed away before the project began.
Linear park (pedestrian footpath and cycling track) of Pedieos
Recently constructed, this park follows the direction of the Pedieos river and includes a footpath and a bicycle track four kilometers long that begins from the bridge of Chriseleousas Street (close to the Presidential palace) and ends at the of Strovolos and Lakatamia, where it has been linked to the corresponding linear park of Lakatamia Municipality.
Throughout its length can be found lighting and taps with potable water and around 14,000 trees have been planted. There are also biological toilets. In 2007 the construction of two bridges is planned, which will link the old nucleus of Strovolos and the Archangelos area with the footpath and the cycling track.
The total cost of the project is estimated at around 1,2 million pounds, with government funding covering two-thirds of the cost.
Park and footwalk in Archangelos
This park, with a footpath around two kilometers long, was constructed recently along the eucalyptus tree line in the Archangelos area. It begins from Ayiou Gennadiou Street and ends at Ayiou Eleftheriou Street and in its course it is linked with two small parks in Ayiou Ioanni Chrisostomou street, and Ayiou Theofilaktou street. It is powered by electricity and has a playground and sitting areas.
The total cost of the project (around 0,15 million pounds) was completely covered by the Municipality.
Maintenance of the public green areas by residents
There are quite a few small green areas arising from the division of plots. Before an area is sufficiently developed residentially such plots are not intended to be developed, so the Municipality chooses and develops some of them each year, giving priority to the areas that lack green.
If a group of area residents wishes to “adopt” a certain green area and undertake its maintenance (cleaning the area, watering and taking care of the green), the Municipality will undertake the planting of the area apart from its own program.
Planting trees on the sidewalk
The uncontrolled planting of trees on the public sidewalks causes serious problems in the following areas:
a) transportation of pedestrians with special needs
b) road safety, because trees obstruct drivers' visibility and they obstruct the road signs
c) installations of the Water Board, the Electric Authority and the Telecommunications Authority
d) sidewalks, which can be destroyed by roots
To deal with the above problems, the City Council in a meeting on November 11, 2004, decided to ban tree planting by residents.
Tree planting on public sidewalks will be henceforth the exclusive responsibility of the Municipality.
The Municipality will proceed to remove all trees that have been planted on the public sidewalks which:
- Are young olive trees, ficus, palm trees, bushes
- Are not planted in the last slate towards the boundary of the houses
- Are planted in sidewalks of a width of under two metres.
The prevention team of the Municipality will systematically carry out checks and where it locates new trees on public sidewalks will give a notice for their removal within a specific time frame. In the notice will be reference to the provisions of the law.
In such cases where the residents do not respond and do not remove the trees within the time given, the Municipality will proceed to remove them. Municipal services have already begun to remove trees from sidewalks and in 2007 this effort will be intensified in areas where the problem is bigger.
In the meantime the residents who have planted trees in public pavements are invited to trim them meticulously so that free circulation of pedestrians and road safety are maintained.
- All residents have the responsibility and obligation to maintain and trim the trees they plant.
- The extermination of pine caterpillars is undertaken by the Municipality given that it is notified of the matter before October.
- For the trimming of trees that obstruct the wires of the Electric Authority, the Municipality or the Authority should be notified for security purposes.
- There shouldn’t be any interference with a tree simply because it blocks a billboard.
Apart from specific trees of any kind that are declared protected with a decree from the Minister of Education based on the law regarding the city planning and zoning (as described in the chapter “Property growth-tree protection”), some types of trees are protected, and for their removal a license is required as follows:
- For pines, mulberries, carob trees, cypresses, eucalyptus, oak trees, casuarinas, cedars, cottonwood trees, pistacias, olive trees over 100 years old and some other types, the approval of the Municipality is required as well as a license from the Department of Forests.
An application form is submitted to the Municipality (with proof of ownership), which is forwarded to the Department of Forests with recommendations. You can find application forms from the central registry of the Municipality or from the Department of Forests.
- For palm trees, a license from the Nicosia District Administration Office is necessary, where an application is submitted with proof of ownership.