Instructions for ideas
Participatory budgeting is a way for local residents to decide how the city’s finances are used. Each neighbourhood has 50,000 euros at their disposal. Share your idea on what the money could be used for between 21 April and 16 May 2021.
Submitting an idea
Anyone can submit an idea, either alone or together with someone else. You can submit one or several ideas. Associations and other actors can also submit ideas. Ideas can be submitted in Finnish, Swedish or English. The ideas must concern the city’s outdoor areas in the Havukoski, Länsimäki and Mikkola neighbourhoods.
You can submit your idea on this website. The site does not support mobile use, so we recommend submitting your idea on a computer. If someone has already submitted a similar idea for the same area (Havukoski/Länsimäki/Mikkola), there’s no need to submit the same idea again. You can comment and browse ideas submitted by others under “Ideas”.
You can also submit an idea on paper by leaving it in the idea-collection boxes which are located:
- in Länsimäki near the shopping mall and in the plaza next to the library.
- in Havukoski in front of citizens' house Kafnetti and in the vicinity of Havukoski Alepa.
- in Mikkola on Venuksentie near the shopping mall.
In addition, you can leave your idea on a voice message by calling tel. 09 839 50160.
Ideas submitted on paper or by calling will be published anonymously on this website.
Criteria for the ideas
- The idea must be related to the development of the immediate surroundings. We hope that it increases the area’s attractiveness, wellbeing or sense of community. The idea can be a small change in the area or an activity.
- The idea must be related to outdoor areas on city-owned land in Havukoski, Länsimäki or Mikkola. See the areas on the map: Havukoski, Länsimäki, Mikkola. The city’s outdoor areas consist of streets, parks, exercise areas and the yards of schools and day care centres.
- The available amount of money is EUR 50,000/area — however, the cost of one idea cannot exceed EUR 35,000 in order to make sure that several ideas can be implemented.
- It must be possible to implement the idea in 2022, and any maintenance costs must be reasonable.
- The idea must be lawful, fall under the jurisdiction of the city and comply with all safety requirements.
- The idea cannot be related to regular maintenance. For example, asphalting and fixing kerbs is part of regular maintenance.
- We do not want to invest in locations that will anyway undergo reconstruction in the near future, as the enjoyment and benefit would be short-term. Koivutori and the yards of the Länsimäki and Mikkola schools are developed as part of other initiatives, so no money will be allocated to them in participatory budgeting. However, it’s possible to organise activities in these places.
- Your idea must be related to one of the following topics:
- Traffic and mobility
- Parks and nature
- Exercise and outdoor recreation
- Yards of schools and day care centres
- Street art
- Events and organised activities
- Sense of community and doing things together
- Other public outdoor space, e.g. squares
These examples will help you understand how much small changes in the neighbourhood cost and what kind of ideas can be implemented. However, these examples are only indicative, and we warmly welcome creative ideas.
Examples of ideas that could be implemented
- A bench in a park: Costs for acquiring and installing a bench in a park are approximately €1,000–2,000. Maintenance costs are part of regular maintenance.
- Rubbish bins to the school yard: Acquiring and installing rubbish bins costs approximately €500–1,000 / bin.
- Communal planting of flower bulbs: Planting costs approximately €2,000–4,000. The costs arise from creating the seedbed and acquiring the bulbs, among other things. The communal planting could be implemented in, for example, a park area where traffic does not create a safety risk. Please note, that the bulbs will start to flower a year after planting.
- A summer flower box in a square, park or a property yard: Acquisition of the box and plants and planting the flowers costs approximately €500–1,000.
- Outdoor exercise equipment: The costs for acquiring and installing one piece of outdoor exercise equipment is approximately €7,000.
- Park workouts: Organising public park workouts costs €500–1,000. This amount is enough to hire an instructor for several workouts.
- A graffiti wall for open and independent painting. The estimated cost of a graffiti wall is €20,000.
- Neighbourhood event, such as a street festival: costs depend on the programme but could be approximately €5,000–10,000. For example, a circus performer at an event on a market square costs approximately €1,500.
Ideas that cannot be implemented
- Large playground equipment (e.g. a large slide) or a completely new playground are too expensive to acquire and build. They also require a lot of planning, and their maintenance creates constant costs.
- A new dog park would also be too expensive to implement. The locations of dog parks are restricted, and their planning is slow.
- Extensive reconstruction, such as the comprehensive renewal of a park, playground or an exercise area, is too expensive and slow and requires a lot of planning.
Participatory budgeting process and schedule
Idea phase 21 April – 16 May 2021
Share your idea for how the money could be used.
Further development of the ideas
Ideas are reviewed and processed together with residents to create plans that will proceed to the vote.
Voting 22 September – 17 October 2021
By voting, you get to impact which plans will be implemented with the 50,000 euros.
The plans with the most votes will be implemented based on how they fit into the disposable amount of money. The plans are implemented by the City of Vantaa, and residents can participate in the implementation where possible.