The long-awaited construction of the new bridge joining Sobieszewo Island and the land has finally begun. The groundbreaking ceremony for this long-awaited investment took place on September 17th 2016 at noon. After the official celebrations, a family picnic took place, with little shovel-souvenirs for the first 500 guests.
Symbolic ‘’first shovels’’ were dug into the ground not only by the official guests, such as Kazimierz Smoliński, from Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction, Dariusz Drelich, the governor of Pomeranian voivodeship, Paweł Adamowicz, the mayor of Gdańsk and Małgorzata Sinica, the head of Polish Scouting and Guiding Association; but also the citizens of Sobieszewo.
‘When we had signed the intention documents about this construction on this very site two years ago, a few believed this plan will, in fact, succeed’ said Paweł Adamowicz opening the celebrations. ‘But promises must be kept, when they are objective and realistic. The construction which begins today, will serve its purpose not only for the citizens of Sobieszewo Island, but also for the scouts, who bid for the organization of the World Scout Jamboree in 2023. It was one of the key points for negotiations in financing this investment form the governmental funds’ stressed the mayor. ‘We received 16.6 mln PLN of subvention – thank you, Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction. Dear Minister – we will certainly apply for the money next year as well’.
‘Our Association teaches young people not to be afraid to dream. Right now, our dream is to gather 40,000 scouts form 160 countries right here, on Sobieszewo Island’ said Małgorzata Sinica, the head of Polish Scouting and Guiding Association. ‘Regardless of the final decision on this matter, we are looking forward to come here with 12,000 Polish scouts to celebrate the Association’s centenary. Bridges and education know no politics’, she said.
Right after the groundbreaking ceremony, the Minister, the governor, MP Małgorzata Chmiel and the mayor all signed the declaration of cooperation in the preparation of World Scout Jamboree on Sobieszewo Island.
The ceremony ended with the firemen dragging rope from the land to the island on a boat – marking the place of the future bridge.
A meeting about Sobieszewo Island, organized by Social Developement Department of Gdańsk City Hall took place on April 10th 2017 in Stara Wędzarnia in Gdańsk. The participants discussed the letter of intent and contests for the citizens. They also took part in innovative workshops with Mr. Aldo de Moor from Holland.
During the first part of the meeting, the letter of intent and its concerns were discussed, as well as the ideas of the Sobieszewo Island Partnership and actions, the Island Day, contests for the citizens and their initiatives.
The second part of the meeting was dedicated to one of the latest European social actions methodology, developed on Tilburga University in the Netherlands. The workshops were conducted by Mr. Aldo de Moor, who is an expert in mapping relationships between stakeholders. The most crucial part of mapping is the process of creating the map. The stakeholders meet, looking for the connections, they network and get to know one another. The meeting results in a map of space, illustrating the dependencies between the organizations and people connected by an area, idea or cause.
The Sobieszewo Island Partnership letter of intent will be signed on June 7th.
The Polish Scouting and Guiding Association instructors, involved in the World Scout Jamboree project, took part in Free Time Festival in Gdańsk on April 1st- 2nd 2017. As scouts, they simply could not miss this biggest free time festival, as its idea involves outdoor activities, tourist attractions of Poland and environmental education.
NGOs and institutions from Sobieszewo Island organized a booth where they presented this beautiful area which can potentially be home to thousands of scouts from all over the world during the 25th World Scout Jamboree in 2023. We promoted water and bike trails, bird watching, kite festival, and scouting among the citizens of Gdańsk.
The booth was prepared as the part of the Sobieszewo Island Social Development Program in cooperation with the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association, City of Gdańsk and Sobieszewo citizens.