JAMBOREE SITE

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PROPOSED JAMBOREE SITE ON SOBIESZEWO ISLAND

The proposed site of the Jamboree Village is Sobieszewo Island in Gdansk. Gdansk is located in Pomerania, the northern region of Poland, on the Gulf of Gdansk (the Baltic Sea) and in a transitional zone of warm temperate climate.

Although Sobieszewo Island is a part of Gdansk, it has preserved its charming natural environment and is located away from the urban development areas. East of the city centre, it is nestled between the Vistula river delta and the Baltic Sea. It is a lowland area of high natural wealth. The island’s northern strip along the sea is a wide beach bordered by a forest. On the western side of the island, there are some residential areas of single-family homes.

The location proposed for the Jamboree Village is the island’s central and southern farmland containing 300 hectares of fields and meadows. What sets the area apart are the crisscrossing irrigation canals.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PROPOSED SITE

AREA

300 ham what is suitable to organise the World Scout Jamboree for more than 45.000 participants. There is a possibility to expand the area to 700 ha.

LANDFORM

The site designed for the Jamboree Village is flat, crisscrossed with irrigation canals, a spacious area to pitch tents, the scenery of the area around is diverse – some hilly, undulating, with a shaft and dunes, partially forested.

LOCATION

Proposed site for the Jamboree Village is situated 20 minutes from the Gdańsk city centre and Check-In Centre in Amber Expo. It takes up  to 30 minutes to get to the airport and to 40 minutes to get to the ferry terminal.

MEDIA & FACILITIES

The Island is supplied from the municipal water supply network. Water supply network will carter for the Jamboree-specified daily water demand.

MEDIA & FACILITIES

Amber Expo (proposed Check-In-Centre) is just 20 minutes away from the Jamboree village, the exisiting infrastructure allows to fit more than 250 coaches.

TECHNICAL ISSUES, LANDFORM, ARCHITECTURE

INFRASTRUCTURE

The Island is supplied from the municipal water supply network that will cater for the Jamboree specified daily water demand.

THE BRIDGE

The Island development plans assume the construction of yet another bridge linking the city and the Island.  The already existing bridges are sufficient for the communication, yet the development plans of the Island make it natural to consider providing its residents with the modern road infrastructure, adapted to their needs and ready to handle the increased road traffic. The ground for the bridge was broken on 17thof September.

PARTICIPANTS

Our suggestion is to enable 40,000 people in total – 32,000 Participants to take part in Jamboree together with 8,000 members of International Service Team (IST). However, we are prepared to expand the numbers to 45,000.

The past years led to a conclusion that the weather conditions demonstrated repeatable pattern in the period scheduled. An average temperature in July and August is 21ºC with an average humidity of 55%.

LIFE CLOSE TO WATER

Another crucial touch point for planning water presence in the urban and natural scenery design of the Jamboree village is the network of irrigation canals criss-crossing its area. It defines its form and definitely affects and inspires design patterns. Every participant will have the opportunity of daily contact with water to know and feel what it is like to live on an island. The existing canals set natural spacial borderlines and the starting point to adapt design solutions enabling to extol the nature, yet preserving its unique, local character. They also foster the high-quality public space arrangement which, apart from being functional, would also cater for the most sophisticated array of aesthetic and cultural needs.

SUGGESTED JAMBOREE OFFICIAL ENTRY POINTS INCLUDE:

Gdansk Lech Wałęsa International Airport (ICAO: EPGD, IATA: GDN) – situated 10 kilometers from Gdansk city centre, 30 minute drive to/from the Jamboree site.

Gdansk Główny railway station – situated 16 kilometres away from the Jamboree site, in the very city centre.

Gdynia ferry terminal – situated 45 kilometres from the Jamboree site.

Check-in centre – Stadion Energa Gdansk (sport stadium), situated approximately 20 kilometres away from the Jamboree site.

ECO JAMBOREE VILLAGE

Drawing up our proposal, we are aware that carrying out such a large event must not have negative impact on the natural environment. In order to neutralise the effects of our actions, we intend to adapt a number  of environmentally-friendly solutions.

  • waste sorting
  • collecting batteries and electronic devices
  • renewable energy sources
  • limits to the quantity of packaging used
  • shops are going to be equipped with low-freon coolers
  • supermarkets are not going to offer disposable plastic bags
  • sustainable resource management
  • toilets with ecological paper
  • the sanitary units with water recycling systems
  • promotion of environmentally-friendly habits and attitudes both in the local community and among the event Participants
  • taps with aerators
  • electrically powered vehicles
  • hybrid and electric coaches
  • use of solar cells in Hubs and Subcamps

When building the Jamboree Village, we are going to use as many provisional construction solutions as possible. After the event, the village is planned to be taken down, and we are determined to do our best to reverse all the changes made to the local landscape that would be undesirable for further development of Sobieszewo Island. As regards facilities requiring heavy earthwork and construction, we are going to use the least invasive technologies available.

Preparation of the Jamboree site requires building parts of roads network, as well as water supply and sewage systems. Considering that such investment is going to leave a permanent mark on the island, these have been marked out on the basis of the existing spatial planning documents.

The Jamboree is going to contribute to and accelerate the development of the Island’s planned infrastructure.