The City of Reykjavík’s website Hverfið mitt / Better Reykjavík held its ninth election this week, with voting on crowdsourced ideas for urban development and improvement ending on Thursday. Vísir reports that more people participated in the process this year than ever before.
“It’s nice to see a participation record set in all districts of Reykjavík this year,” said Project Manager Eiríkur Búi Halldórsson. “Nice to see how much interest residents have in improving their neighbourhoods — participation has really taken off.”
As ever, the public put forth a wide array of proposals, but Eiríkur said that it was clear that people were thinking bigger this year: a skate park in Vesturbær, a covered grilling area in Laugardalur, a school running track in Breiðholt, an adult playground in Grafarholt, and a sea swimming beach in Kjalarnes, just to name a few.
In total, the city will invest a total of ISK 850 million [$6.58 million; €5.68 million] in projects in all 10 city districts. Because voting on Hverfið mitt / Better Reykjavík projects is now happening every two years, instead of every year, the funding accumulates, says Eiríkur, which allows bigger projects to be approved.
“We’re planning to start construction on the projects in summer 2022, so it won’t be long and it will be fun to see these projects make their mark on all the neighbourhoods of Reykjavík.”