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Land restoration project in the Pétrusse Valley: the "Ons Péitruss" Info-Container is now open!

Inauguration de l’Info-Container “Ons Péitruss”
Urban development and housing

On Friday, 16 October 2020, the "Ons Péitruss" Info-Container was officially opened by Mayor Lydie Polfer, Chief Alderman Serge Wilmes, and Patrick Goldschmidt, Alderman for the environment. The Info-Container is located halfway between the new car park on Rue St Quirin in the Grund and the park entrance. Carole Dieschbourg, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development (Ministre de l'Environnement, du Climat et du Développement durable), was also in attendance.

The new Info-Container, installed by the City of Luxembourg, will provide up-to-date information about the land restoration project in the Pétrusse Valley. This ambitious project was initiated by the City authorities, and is being run in close collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development, the Water Management Authority (Administration de la Gestion de l’Eau), the Nature and Forest Agency (Administration de la nature et des forêts), UNESCO, and the National Roads Administration (Administration des ponts et chaussées).

Keen to arouse public interest in the project and respond to questions regarding the restoration of the Pétrusse and its surrounding park, the City's Service Communications et relations publiques (Communications and Public Relations Department), the Service Canalisation (Sewerage Department) and the Service Technologies de l'infomation et de la communication (ICT Department) have installed a portable cabin structure that was specially designed for public information purposes. The Info-Container is creatively decorated in natural colours to blend in seamlessly with its surroundings. It is fitted with a touchscreen display, as well as a standard screen, providing information on all aspects of the project, which aims to restore the valley's artificially modified ecosystems to a more natural state.

Fun and educational

Using the touchscreen display, which features pictures and icons for easy navigation, users can explore the Pétrusse Valley and learn about the various phases of the land restoration project, sports and leisure activities in the valley, and nature and the environment. The easy-to-use system was designed so that users can quickly find the information they want, and gain a better overall view of the project. Users will also have access a wealth of historical information, drawn from the Photothèque, the Luxembourg City Archives and the National Archaeological Research Centre (Centre National de Recherche Archéologique).

Picture and video simulations

The first phase of the work, between the Pétrusse-Alzette confluence and the Bourbon Lock, is now well underway. On the screens, visitors can browse through an extensive array of simulations and panoramic photos, as well as an aerial video, to get an idea of what the Pétrusse Valley will look like by 2027. Users are offered a sneak preview of the leisure and recreation area planned for the entrance to the park (alongside Rue St Ulric), the terraced seating and relaxation areas at different points along the banks of the Pétrusse, and the new bridges and footpaths that are to be built on both sides of the river, which will, by then, be running along a natural riverbed.

Tool available in three languages

By providing this interactive communication tool, which is available in English, French and German, the City authorities hope to raise public awareness of the importance of the project, which will benefit not only visitors and residents by enhancing their quality of life, but above all, the flora and fauna to which the capital is home.

To ensure that the on-screen information is accurate, it will be regularly updated until the project is completed.