Park V Homolkách / V Homolkách Park

(Plzeň 4) Plzeň Doubravka
GPS: 49.754355, 13.412885

Before the construction of the Doubravka neighbourhood began, fields and related agricultural buildings spread in the area of today's V Homolkách Park. In the first half of the 20th century, a colony of workers' houses gradually expanded here from the north. A fundamental change for this part of the city came with the new zoning plan that was approved in 1958. According to this plan, the neighbourhoods of Doubravka, Lobzy, Letná and Újezd ​​were to be connected with new apartment buildings into an integral residential district, which became the second post-war housing estate in Pilsen after the one in Slovany. An important part of the project preparation was the layout of urban greenery. As the new buildings were mostly intended to supplement the original development (and not replace it), the housing estate was divided into seven residential precincts. Each of them was meant to be adjoined by one larger park area.

Existing green areas such as the Špitálský les / Hospital Wood or Lobezský park / Lobzy Park were used in other precincts; but, for the residential complex between Masarykova Avenue and the railway track in the direction to Prague and Mohylová Street (established in 1963-1965), it was necessary to set up a new area. The V Homolkách Park, completed in the early 1970s, is situated on an approximately rectangular ground plan. On the longer sides it is bordered by the railway in the west and Staniční Street in the east; its shorter sides are defined by the premises of ​​the 54th nursery school in the south and a row of houses along the Mohylová Street on the opposite side.

A row of five seven-storey blocks of flats of the T03B type “carved off” a part of the north eastern corner of the park at the crossroads of Mohylová and Staniční Streets in the second half of 1970s. The park is made up of a birch grove. The tree vegetation is getting less dense towards the south and southwest of the park; on the contrary, the number of branched and intersecting paths increases. Roughly in the middle of the park, there is an ornamental pond near the path that passes through the lower part of the park near the railway line.

In 1974, a copper figurative sculpture called Welcoming by sculptor Břetislav Holakovský was installed on a spot several tens of meters south of five blocks of flats. Holakovský created two more sculptures for Doubravka in the same period. However, the works named Workers' Power and the Flower of Knowledge have already been removed. Over the years, the park has not witnessed any major modifications, although in 2009 a playground was established in its central part.