Tadeusz Mazowiecki Park has had one of its lanes named after Paweł Adamowicz, the late Mayor of Gdańsk. The naming ceremony took place in the Jazdów District, and was attended by members of the Polish Sejm, City officials, and the family of the late Mayor.
“I am happy that we are able to have this Lane opened in Warsaw, in PM Tadeusz Mazowiecki Park. This event is symbolic, and that tragedy, that assassination, needs to encourage us to learn from it,” said Rafał Trzaskowski, Mayor of Warsaw, during the event. “Paweł Adamowicz was a symbol of local governance. He showed us all how important local governance was, and that it was strong local governance that allowed Poland to achieve so much. We must all protect strong local governance,” he emphasised.
Speaking about Paweł Adamowicz, the late Mayor of Gdańsk, Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska, Deputy Speaker of the Sejm, said:
“He was a great man, and an excellent member of local government; he loved Gdańsk and he loved people (...) The last words of Paweł were that ‘good needs to be shared’ – these words carry a lot of weight, and we need to remember to respect and have a dialogue with other people.
- Gdańsk and Warsaw share many things in common, because we are united by the ideas of freedom and solidarity,” – she added.
The ceremony to unveil the plaque with the name of the Lane was attended by Magdalena Adamowicz, wife of the late Mayor, MEP, Piotr Adamowicz, brother of the late Mayor, senator, members of the Sejm, Aleksandra Dulkiewicz, Mayor of Gdańsk, Warsaw Uprising participants, city councillors, and residents.
The Lane runs along what is known as Skarpa warszawska (Warsaw escarpment), in a park that surrounds a Jazdów housing development with Finnish houses. It is located near the Sejm building. The decision to name the Lane after the late Mayor Paweł Adamowicz was made by Warsaw councillors during their meeting on 16 January 2020, and the request was made by Rafał Trzaskowski, Mayor of Warsaw.
Paweł Adamowicz (born on 2 November 1965 in Gdańsk, died on 14 January 2019 in Gdańsk) – Polish lawyer, member of the local government and politician, democratic opposition activist during the times of the Polish People’s Republic, Mayor of Gdańsk between 1998 and 2019. As the head of the students’ strike committee at the University of Gdańsk, he was one of the organisers of the 1988 strikes. In 1990–1993, he was the Vice Chancellor of the University of Gdańsk. In 1990, he became a councillor, and in 1994–1998 he served as the President of the Council of Gdańsk. On 13 January 2019, during the local finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOŚP), he received a fatal stab with a knife. He is a Honorary Citizen of the City of Warsaw.