The first lentil with swings was opened and immediately the children eagerly threw themselves on it. Their parents also go to them with lentils, and especially mothers and grandmothers immediately started discussing why the benches only have a concrete surface finish and they seem cold. Why don’t the benches have wooden cushions? The reason is simple: in winter and on cold evenings, those who do not want on the benches will study.
There is always a problem with benches in the housing estate. If they are placed somewhere, people will start complaining that homeless people and drunken youth are gathering around them. If benches are missing, people have nowhere to sit and where to rest. It is a very complex issue that never has a 100% solution. One of the articles in last year’s Letňanské listy addressed this issue in great detail.
I personally asked the mayors in other cities, I found out how they fight with this problem in other parts of Prague. The situation is the same everywhere. Benches near houses, playgrounds and sidewalks during the day serve for sensible and clean people, in the evening they become a place for young people, drunkards and the homeless to come together. Are there 100% solutions to prevent these situations?
The city police inspect the housing estate as part of their occasional patrols. If there is a really big mess or noise somewhere, people will call the police themselves. But what should benches look like that will attract children, mothers, grandmothers and grandfathers during the day and repel homeless drunks during the night?
So we tried this idea. Make benches that will study those we don’t want on the benches in winter and on cold evenings. And moms will definitely always find a place for a small blanket in a stroller or bag if they are cold. When the sun is shining, the benches are warm and you can sit on them. If it is cold, the drunk youth will only stand for a while and then they will prefer to sit in Ojaia.
We will see if this solution works in the coming months. And if not, we will keep looking. Wooden seats can always be finished on contemporary concrete blocks.
We will place 48 separate benches throughout the housing estate within Lentilek. These will be without backs and will be wooden. It will be possible to sit on them even in winter.
What do you think will be a positive response to the benches, because they are nice and fit the housing estate. Or will they be more dissatisfied with drunkards and the homeless? How long do benches last without damage? Do you have an idea how to make a playground with benches for mothers and grandmothers and at the same time prevent drunks, homeless people and rude youth from moving there in the evening? Should we have made Lentils completely without benches? Discuss below.