Limassol municipality was declared as Green City of Cyprus for 2022 by receiving the highest score for two of its projects at the Cyprus Green Cities and Communities Awards, it emerged on Wednesday.

According to the municipality’s announcement, the award is for the free Park and Ride system in the category ‘Sustainable Traffic and Transport and the redevelopment of four squares in Limassol in the category Sustainable Built Environment respectively.

The Park and Ride is a service that enables Limassol residents to park their cars for free at the parking lot in Epaminondas Street and then use small, comfortable buses to commute through the city centre. The buses have routes every 15-20 minutes, the municipality said.

The implementation and operation of the Park and Ride service, it added, is focused on the benefits to the community and relieving the city of the transport burden.

In relation to the redevelopment of four squares, namely Anagenisis, Titi Koudounaris, Philellinon and Michali Karayianni, the municipality said this has contributed to the improvement of the natural environment and the quality of life of the residents.

Meanwhile, Ayia Napa municipality was awarded the Green Flag for two of its parks, the International Sculpture Park and the MUSAN Underwater Park at the official ceremony of the Pancyprian Environmental Awards 2022.

The ceremony was held on Tuesday evening at the Presidential Palace.

With these awards, the Municipality of Ayia Napa is automatically included in the Network of Green Cities and Communities of Cyprus Centre for Environmental Research and Education, the municipality said in a written statement.

The flags and commemorative plaques were received by the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades and the Commissioner for the Environment, Klelia Vassiliou, the Municipal Councillor and Chairwoman of the Environment Committee, Tasoula Tsokki Koumi.

Ayia Napa Mayor Christos Zannettou expressed his great satisfaction that the two unique cultural projects and landmarks were awarded with such an important prize.

“Our goal was to transform Ayia Napa into a city of parks, monuments and landmarks that are multicultural landmarks of art and contribute not only to the cultural events of Cyprus, but also to the preservation of the environment and the promotion of sustainable tourism,” he said.