CLEANING DRIVE AT METELKOVA
CENTER DISTRICT AUTHORITY A REAL AMBASSADOR.
One of the activities carried out during Center DA’s tenure as Green Ambassador of the European Green Capital 2016 was a clean-up drive in and around Metelkova mesto Centre for Alternative Culture. At the initiative of the Council of Center DA, the City of Ljubljana thoroughly cleaned external areas of Metelkova (a former driving school) and installed iron gates that will prevent renewed fly tipping. There was an extremely positive response to the clean-up drive from representatives of Metelkova mesto and the Stigma Association, who went to the site on the preceding Friday to check the situation and remove any needles.
We assembled at Metelkova at 11am on Saturday 19 March 2016. The day was perfect, sunny and spring like. We were joined by local residents, representatives of Tabor and Stari Vodmat Pensioners’ Associations, the President and a councillor from Center DA, representatives of associations from Metelkova mesto and migrants from the Asylum Centre on Kotnikova.
Arhej d.o.o. kindly lent tools and volunteers. We picked up rubbish, cleaned green areas and planted flowers, pruned bushes, raked leaves, swept up and dug a long trench to plant a hedge of taller shrubs. The retirees from Tabor and Stari Vodmat demonstrated their tenacity and enthusiasm.
During the break for lunch we all had a nice chat and the migrants showed off some of the first words they had learned in Slovene.
We were very pleased with the results. We hope that the photos taken home by tourists who always so eagerly photograph Metelkova are even more beautiful than before. We were all enriched by this positive experience.
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