This was the city’s first project to be carried out by natives of Ungheni from around the world in close partnership with local public authorities. Ion was the liaison between natives living abroad and the City Hall. Besides volunteering as part of his role of president of hometown association, Ion is employed, has a family, one child, and plays football for the local team.
“Unfortunately, 8,100 children and teenagers from Ungheni, including 353 left without parental care, as their parents are work migrants, didn’t enjoy opportunities to fulfil their potential and conditions to practice their hobbies”, notes Ion Poia.
Even though the local public authorities from Ungheni were trying to create as many alternatives as possible for the children and adolescents to spend their spare time, the inhabitants did not have a park with accompanying entertaining activities.
A park that links continents and changes lives
The city’s only park, with a surface area of around 10 hectares, is located in the Youth District, an area with approximately 15,000 people, most of them living in apartment buildings. Until recently, the park was in a poor condition. For more than 25 years, no investments happened, and therefore the park that was set up during the Soviet Union, became a place without benches, lights, or even pavements. Once the park was a real attraction for everyone with its big trees and fresh air, however its bad condition made few people to venture for a short walk.