In the existing administrative system, the City of Warsaw is in possession of 79 parks with a total area of approx. 762 ha. The Vistula River dominates the hydrographic system of Warsaw.
City greenery in Warsaw
In the existing administrative system, the City of Warsaw is in possession of 79 parks with a total area of approx. 762 ha.
They come from different historical eras. the Baroque gardens (the Saxon Garden), to sentimental gardens (Upper and Lower Arkadia Park), 19th-century landscape parks (Sielecki Park, Praski Park), 20th-century urban monumental parks (Skaryszewski Park, Morskie Oko Park) and modernist parks (Wielkopolski Park, Dreszera Park). They represent various fashions and styles of gardening, reflect the development in the thinking of planners and landscape architects active in this country, and are material evidence of Warsaw's horticultural traditions. Their historical value and significance for the national culture have been confirmed by the fact that many of them have been entered into the register of monuments or covered by the conservator’s protection.
Warsaw helps animals
For years, the City of Warsaw has pursued a consistent policy of preventing animal homelessness and caring for free-living cats. The city's diverse activities comprise:
- The "Na Paluchu" shelter provides care for homeless animals from the area of Warsaw;
- Specialised eco-patrols of the Municipal Police of the City of Warsaw undertake interventions involving animals;
- Biuro Ochrony Środowiska Urzędu m.st. Warszawy (Environmental Protection Department of the City of Warsaw) runs a campaign of chipping animals and purchasing food for free-living cats;
- Districts of Warsaw provide veterinary care for free-living cats, register keepers of free-living cats and distribute food;
- Competitions for non-governmental organisations working for animals and conducting educational activities in this field.
Water sources in Warsaw
The Vistula River dominates the hydrographic system of Warsaw. The other elements of this system are its tributaries, artificial and natural water reservoirs, canals and drainage ditches.
The City of Warsaw is supplied with water from:
- the Vistula River through infiltration intakes operated by the Central Plant, which includes the Water Treatment Station "Filtry" and Stacja Uzdatniania Wody "Praga" (the Water Treatment Station "Praga"),
- from Lake Zegrzyńskie through an onshore intake operated by the the Northern Plant,
- local groundwater intakes covering the quaternary aquifer, i.e. from "Wesoła" "Radość", "Falenica", "Powsin", "Stara Miłosna", "Wola Grzybowska" Water Treatment Stations.