Riverside Park. © City of Kotka.

Kotka National Urban Park receives honourable mention in European landscape project competition

Press release 2019-10-23, Ministry of the environment, City of Kotka and Finnish Environment Institute
The Kotka National Urban Park was given an honourable mention in the Council of Europe's Landscape Award competition. The urban park is a magnificent combination of parks, waterways and the finest architectural monuments in Kotka. The Landscape Award is part of the European Landscape Convention promoting landscape management, protection and design.

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