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The most valuable part of Aleksinpuisto will be the 109 m long river wall. Someone once said that building a river wall is like driving a row of new Mercedes into the clay. This description is accurate when considering the costs. Instead of cars, however, the wall will be built using steel sheet piles. The piles will be covered with granite so that they blend in with the current wall and the Aleksanterinkatu bridge.

The contractor for the wall has already been chosen and work will begin in April at the latest. The schedule is tight, because before the wall has been implemented work on the park cannot proceed and the project includes many challenging phases. The river wall job is facing several threats: spring flooding, the effects of covid on material deliveries or the work itself, pile supply, unpredictability of the soil etc.

So let’s keep our fingers crossed that the river wall will be a success! Let’s remain confident that next summer, from across the river, we’ll be able to admire a brand new granite surface with the rapidly rising Aleksinpuisto and its intelligent lighting right behind it.