The opening ceremony of the new park, which took place on August 29, crowned two years of work by students and staff of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, as well as sincere friends and reliable partners of the university.
Someone might say that during a terrible war, the opening of such a facility as a park is not quite timely. But in fact, this is not true. Today, planting parks and taking care of the environment, creating a comfortable environment for people and educating young people, translating their own ideas into works of art and working to improve their cities and villages is not only a work for the future, but also a clear demonstration that we will not be conquered, that good will prevail and life will go on. That is why the park, opened in such a difficult period of our history, was named the Park of the Unconquered.
"In the first days of the full-scale war that Russia unleashed against Ukraine, a group of our students self-organized into the KPI self-defense: they built barricades and were on duty at them, not only in our district but also in other districts, and helped the Kyiv terrorist defense units. And as soon as the Russian aggressors began to retreat from Kyiv, this group of students, by their own decision, began to work on the creation of this park," said Mykhailo Zgurovsky, Rector of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, to the opening participants.
Of course, not only these students worked on the creation of the park. First and foremost, the university's housekeeping staff had a hand in it; several clean-ups were held here, attended by faculty, staff, students from almost all KPI faculties and institutes, activists of the student trade union, the Student Council and the Student Parliament, and members of the University Alumni Association. Saplings were also provided by the Kyiv City Organization of the Trade Union of Education and Science Workers and others.
As a reminder, the park was founded on October 21, 2021, when the first trees were planted. The organizers called it "Plant Your Own Tree," and the participants planted several hundred young trees on the newly planned wasteland. The work was planned to be completed by the 125th anniversary of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, and this idea was realized despite all the difficulties of wartime! Today, more than 600 trees grow here, including fir, sharp-leaved and red maples, common, silver and blue spruce, warty birch, linden, hornbeam, etc. There is even a sakura alley.
Thus, the university has received, or rather arranged on its territory, a new wonderful recreation area that will not only please the eye and give fresh air to Kyiv Polytechnic and residents of nearby houses, but will also protect those who study and work in the university buildings adjacent to Borshchahivska Street from the noise and pollution of the almost constantly busy highway. This park, in addition to the old university park along Beresteysky Avenue, will become another living decoration of the KPI.
A new green area has appeared in Kyiv Polytechnic, which will inspire students, teachers and staff of the university to study, research and work.
The first to join the creation of the park were students who lived on campus at the beginning of the full-scale invasion.