Krasnodar, 19 April – Yug Times. The Sports Alley was reportedly laid Thursday at the Krasnodar State Institute of Culture.

The event was initiated by Valeri Vakulenko, board member of the Russian Green Building Council (RuGBC), president of the Ecoestate Innovation Centre, owner and author of the concept of the unique eco-hotel Bamboo Khutor in Sochi.

“In honour of my 60th birthday, I am presenting the Krasnodar State Institute of Culture with five silver lindens as a token of friendship and cooperation,” said Mr. Vakulenko. “In Slav culture, linden was named in honour of Lada, goddess of beauty. She brings prosperity and love to people.”

Vakulenko worded his idea at a meeting with Krasnodar students: “Let’s present each other with trees rather than some senseless birthday gifts.” At the end of the event, the future Sports Alley was crowned with a nameplate bearing the following inscription: “A tree is the best present to your native land, your fellow countrymen, your relatives and yourself. Valeri Vakulenko, on the occasion of his jubilee.”

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