The aim of the project is to create a popular public and cultural space on the territory of industrial zone (on Petrovskyi dump exactly) in the city of Kryvyi Rih herewith to: - provide conditions for Kryvyi Rih city community gathering, communicating and holding cultural events; - create a precedent of revalorization of industrial object in the city - create a new image of postindustrial territory - form a place for uniting and consolidating local community on a basis of mutual interests - promote industrial tourism development - diversify leisure activity of the local residents - engage the residents into the process of taking care of city territory and thus, bringing up love to native land and responsibility for its maintaining. Kryvyi Rih has been successfully developed industrial tourism in the city in recent years (http://krt.dp.ua/en/
). Many industrial sites turned to be places of great interest both for the city residents and guests. The list of "must see places" includes mines, quarries, tunnels, Grand Canyon, dumps, tailings storage, remains of old plants, factories and many others. One of the popular places is Petrovskyi dump – a huge mountain of worked out rock (slates) located almost in the center of Kryvyi Rih in pedestrian and car accessibility, covered with plants, tress, bushes; it is a unique viewing platform where people come to see the city from the bird's eye in all its beauty, to have outdoor rest, learn about mining branch of the city, hold some excursions, events, public meetings.
This object is a part of a big industrial complex, nearby there are located some operational facilities (a big open pit) and industrial heritage units - remains of the old mine, railway traversing and so on. Besides, Petrovskyi dump is a Klondike of geological artifacts as it consists of various Kryvyi Rih rocks and minerals, whose age is more than 2 billion years. Here you can see and find by yourself interesting geological samples, create your collection of rocks and minerals, contemplate the unique colorful objects of Kryvyi Rih - red forest and road covered with red iron dust. The dump is a unique place for taking amazing pictures, a good platform for photo plein-air. Petrovskyi dump enjoys constant popularity among scientists, tourists, ordinary citizens. Since mid-1970 it has become a research platform for studying the recovery process on the ground; here people planted herbal plants, raspberries, shrubs, trees. These activities were implemented by the scientists of Kryvyi Rih State Pedagogical University, they examined how plants took root on this rock, how a new ecosystem is being formed. These activities were supported by the city residents who still take care of it, planting new trees and plants, namely the NGO Tourist Center Kryvbas. Due to the efforts of the volunteers, today Petrovskyi dump is maintained in a quite decent state - for the visitors' convenience they have arranged an improvised path to go up the dump, made a place for fire with a low-level protective wall , removed garbage, flattened a territory for sitting by the fire and on the edge of the dump, marked some paths and so on. The most popular event on the dump is celebrating New Year da . The tradition has been started a few years ago by active city residents who appreciate industrial potential of Kryvyi Rih and capable to hold mass public events. This year there were 132 persons, who were engaged in different festival activities, the members of NGO Tourist Center Kryvbas prepared a place for staying on the dump top by themselves, organized transportation and activities. There were many guests from other cities of Ukraine, Kiev, Kharkov..
Moreover, there are regular excursions to the dump by amateur guides who tell to all interested the mining process, show the samples of rocks, and make familiar with the city interesting places as from the dump they can see half of the city, the guide identifies these places and gives a short description of them. Due to a rising popularity of the dump and a need for Kryvyi Rih city residents to have a place for gathering, having rest and holding cultural events on this unique industrial object there is a necessity to create some infrastructure on the dump top and provide comfortable conditions for going up the dump. Now the most pressing problems are: - A very steep rise to the dump on improvised steps, which sometimes are not arranged at all, hereupon only young people and people with more or less adequate physical preparation can overcome this rise; - There is no place on the dump to shelter in case of rain and basic facilities for staying and rest (benches). So, we propose to improve the infrastructure of the dump (install reinforced-concrete steps with railings, make a fence on the viewing platform edge, built a shelter for holding events, install some informational stands, benches ) and create a comfortable cultural and industrial hub which will hold a range of activities: - public events for consolidating the community, meetings with interesting people, trainings, seminars; art symposiums and so on. - informational meetings for all interested in the industrial city, to get to know better its history and mining potential; - leisure and educational activities (outdoor family rest, holding lectures by Pedagogical University teachers about city development, its strengths and opportunities for youth in this field. We are going to implement all above-mentioned activities using the efforts of: - public utility 'Kryvyi Rih City Development Institution" - NGO Tourist Center Kryvbas - amateur Kryvyi Rih guides and photographers - volunteers from the Kryvyi Rih Pedagogical university - volunteers among the most active excursionists - NGO Kryvyi Rih Union of artists We are going to hold regular events on the improved dump – at least once a week in a warm season and 2 times a month in cold season.