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Renovation of sporting facilities in Estonia

  • Norway has supported a large-scale upgrade of the Keila Greenways recreational area. Locals can now enjoy a broad range of leisure facilities at the site which once housed a Soviet military base.

    Attracting a multitude of skiers, joggers and sledgers every day, the greenways offer many options for a healthy lifestyle. In line with the local government's overall aim of improving the quality of life of inhabitants, in particular for people with special needs and ‘at risk’ social groups, a wide range of activities is now at hand.


    Local children in action at the Keila greenways race course

    From ruins to riches

    The €820 000 grant from Norway has helped to pave 3.5 km of track in the pine grove, facilitating access for wheel-chair users, roller-skaters, roller-skiers and young families. New lighting along the tracks has significantly prolonged the hours of active traffic at the tracks in the dark winter and autumn months.

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    Olympic gold medallist and World Champion Mr. Andrus Veerpalu

    Ski tracks, football fields, BMX biking tracks and a disc golf course are now enjoyed by both young and old, local residents and people from nearby capital Tallinn. Construction of a football pitch, as well as playgrounds for smaller children, have proved particularly popular with the almost 1000 pupils from the brand new Keila school as well as those living in the SOS Children’s Village close by.

    Lise Kleven Grevstad, Norwegian ambassador to Estonia, visited Keila Greenways in January this year. The ambassador was met by the Mayor of Keila, Mr. Tanel Mõistus, who talked about the positive effect the revamped site has already had on the local community.

    There are still many ideas for further development of the area, including plans for a ski biathlon track and tennis courts, but in the meantime municipal leaders and residents alike are very satisfied with the results achieved with the help of the Norway Grants.

    All photos: Valdur Vacht/Keila Town Administration

  • Country:


    Project title:

    Establishing greenways in the Keila pine grove

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Health and childcare



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project duration:

    23 months

    Project cost:

    € 965,190

    Grant rate:


    Grant agreement date:

    17 December 2008

    The purpose of the Project is to provide facilities for active recreation for residents and the habitants of the SOS Children's Village, with the overall objective of improving the quality of life of the inhabitants of Keila, including the people with special needs and social risk groups. Reference is made to the application dated 28 June 2007 and any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    - Preparation of the project (including detailed planning; designing the construction plans; public procurement);

    - Construction of greenways infrastructure;

    - Construction of sports facilities;

    - Management and publicity.

    The Project Promoter is Keila Town Government. Subject to national law, the Project shall be implemented in partnership with Harju County Chamber of Disabled People and SOS Children's Village Association of Estonia.

    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Project Promoter provides at least 15.03 percent of the total eligible Project costs.