In 2018, Rebuild worked in partnership with the City of Athens, 100 Resilient Cities, and four local universities to develop a participatory process that will lead to a master plan and long-term stewardship of Lycabettus Hill. The long-term goal for the Lycabettus Hill Program is to create a vibrant and ecological public space that has proper management and enough funding to be responsive to the residents, visitors, and environmental needs.
While there is limited precedent in Greece for innovative and effective management authorities for parks and public space, there is a lot to learn from the efforts that have been tried locally, as well as a host of practices that could be adopted from parks elsewhere. This report is an overview of best practices and lessons learned regarding managing authorities from parks locally and abroad, with specific recommendations to be considered in the implementation of a future management body for Lycabettus Hill.
The report highlights lessons learned from four global case studies including Brooklyn Bridge Park and Prospect Park in New York City, Tempelhof Field in Berlin, and The Royal Parks in London, to draw best practices that could be brought to Athens. Simultaneously, three local Greek case studies are presented including Antonis Tritsis Park, Prespa Park, and The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.