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April 19, 2021

First park for visually impaired opens in Timisoara

Visually impaired people now have a specially-designed green area available to them in the city of Timisoara. The initiative is part of the pilot project ‘Urban green for the visually impaired’, daily ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ writes. The area, created in the yard of the Timisoara branch of the Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired in Romania, has comfortable benches and aromatic plants. A sphere-shaped fountain is located in the central circular area, surrounded by semi-circular benches bearing plaques written in Braille. “The majority of the green elements has been chosen in such a way as to stimulate the sense of smell and create exquisite tactile and sensorial sensations to visitors,” project coordinator Andre Condoros said. In the upcoming days, a map written in Braille will be installed at the park entry. It will help the blind generate their space, Condoros added. Making the area ‘visible’ for the visually impaired has been the greatest challenge, organisers say, faced with exploiting the sensorial and intuitive abilities of such people.

The project, originated by the Landscapists’ Association in Romania, is funded by Mol Romania, Fundatia Pentru Parteneriat , the Vodafone Foundation and the Timisoara City Hall.

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