If a person lives in a large metropolitan area, he sometimes simply does not know where to escape from constant bustle and hum, where one can just breathe clean air and visit an untouched piece of nature. Meanwhile, parks are being created in cities, especially for such purposes. It is here that people can at least for a while retire from the constant rumble and smog, enjoying the clean and lush greenery.
In such parks interesting gardens are created, special footpaths for pedestrians, zoos, even observatories and many other interesting objects are found. We will tell below about the ten most beautiful city parks that adorn the cities of our planet.
Butchart Gardens, British Columbia.
This Canadian park is rightly considered to be one of the best in the world. He appeared in 1907 under the name “Sunken Garden”, earlier on this site was a run-down career. In 1921, the Butchart family gave a second life to the park. Since then, he blossoms becoming the most real decoration of the whole of British Columbia. The Butcharts first built here their first garden, which still exists. Then he was added to the Italian Garden and the Rosary, as well as many other blooming attractions. Carousel Rose and Children’s Pavilion stand out from them. The significance of the park is so great that in 2004 it was awarded the title of National Historic Site. All year round something interesting happens in the park. In winter, people are attracted by flowering and pleasantly smelling bushes, in summer – young green shoots, and in summer – an abundance of flowers.
Central Park, New York.
In the middle of one of the most important metropolitan areas of America is this park. It is surrounded on all sides by urban buildings, preserving its identity. This urban pride was opened in 1857, in the park, then competitions were held on landscape design. The design of the urban oasis provides many innovations and convenient designs. So, there are not only tracks for pedestrians, but also for riders and even bicycle taxis. To ensure that the transport does not pollute the park with emissions, underground routes are laid for it. These measures have allowed to keep the green islet in the middle of a boiling city. This park has long been the most visited in the country. His story is filled with a period of decline and resurrection. Today the park is in good condition, the crime in it is rather small. In the park you can spend a lot of time. In the central part of The Ramble Park you can watch birds and go boating or kayaking, there is also a zoo here. Fans of mountaineering are provided with models of rocks covered with artificial ice. Interest here is the Egyptian obelisk, and the famous Strawberry Glades are dedicated to the memory of John Lennon.
Park Guell, Barcelona.
This Barcelona park was created by the world-famous architect from Catalonia Antoni Gaudi. The gardens are almost a hundred years old, and they occupy an area of 17 hectares. In due time city authorities have transformed housing construction into a blooming garden. The park was conceived by Eusebi Güell as a green residential zone in the fashionable concept of the future garden city at that time. One of the main places in the park is the main terrace, on it stands a bench in the form of a sea serpent. Obviously, a talented architect created her curves on the basis of a model of a naked worker, located in moist clay. The bench is covered with mosaic, it is one of the main attractions of the park. They can also include other work of Gaudi – unusual nests for birds. In the design of the whole park, the features of Catalan nationalism, ancient poetry and even mysticism are laid. Park Guell is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The works of Antonio Gaudi located here please not only the citizens, but also the numerous guests of the capital of Catalonia. Keckenköf Park, Lisse, The Netherlands.
If you like flowers, but are simply obliged to visit here. After all, the flowers here are whole colorful rivers. Keckenköf Park is known to everyone as the “Garden of Europe”.This is the largest park with flowers in the world, it annually puts about 7 million bulbs. The flower garden was opened in 1949, once hunting grounds were located on this place. Now the flower growers from all over Europe come here, demonstrating their new colorful hybrids.
Park Prater, Vienna.
In this Austrian park there is one of the most beautiful avenues in the world. On it it is forbidden to go transport, and on its roadways grow green horse chestnuts. The park is also famous for its other sights. There is its own narrow gauge railway Liliputban and the micro-country of the Republic of Kugel-Mugel. It was proclaimed in 1894 by the artist Lipburger in his own dome-shaped house. The park itself is quite old, it was opened in Vienna in April 1766. Then the Emperor Joseph II declared these gardens open to people, allowing them to build a café as well. And earlier these lands were hunting grounds. Griffith Park, Los Angeles.
This park was erected on as many as 1,740 hectares of land, where there was a place for natural beauty. Here, on the slopes of Mount Hollywood, is the Griffith Observatory. It is often shown in American films. It’s a pity that there are forest fires in the park. So, in 2007 they destroyed 330 hectares of land, destroying the reserve for birds and some other sights. The park was born thanks to Colonel Griffith J. Griffith, who in 1896 gave these lands to a growing city. At first no one planned to use this place for the park, but in 1912 the patron-military created another charitable foundation. He set out to erect here an observatory, a planetarium and create an amphitheater in the park. The idea was so appealing that many donations were made to the fund. They allowed the pair to grow significantly and acquire the current structure. Today, from Griffith Park offers a magnificent view of Los Angeles, this corner of nature is a favorite for Californians. Park Roundham, Leeds.
In English Leeds, you can find this unusual park. Visiting it, it may seem that you are in an entirely different world, remote from a busy city. This park is also the largest city in Europe, occupying an area of 283 hectares. This place is divided into three large gardens. The Canal Garden consists of old trees, between which is a rectangular lake. It is surrounded by colorful flowers. The garden of Monet is created in the style of the garden path of Giverny, once depicted by Monet on one of his canvases. The Alhambra Garden has a rectangular pond, but there are also fountains. In the park there are also artifical ruins created in 1812. They resemble the gate of a standing castle. He had a wooden roof, and in the upper chambers lived his masters. Then these lands belonged to the Nicholson family, but in 1871 they were bought out by a group of investors. It also included the Mayor of Leeds. Patrons gave these lands for the organization of a city park here. Silesian Zoological Gardens, Katowice and Chorzów.
In Poland, there is a world-famous zoological garden. Interest here is not only 2500 animals, but a whole valley of dinosaurs. It recreates 16 fossil beasts whose remains were found in the Gobi desert by a Polish expedition. Walking around this place is quite fascinating – it seems that it was transferred to millions of years ago, when the whole planet was inhabited by such creatures. This zoological garden is part of the Silesian Central Park. It was founded in 1954 and covers an area of 47.6 hectares. Garden of the Master of Networks, Suzhou.
In the noisy megacity of Suzhou, there is a calm and quiet corner. This park is part of the classical gardens of Suzhou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The garden in this place began to be built back in 1140. In the center of it is a pond “Pink clouds”, which only one name brings peace. The western part of the garden is 5400 sq.m.is given not only to plants, but also to stones. Together they represent different seasons. North of the pond there are places intended for intellectual review, and to the south – those who are best to schedule meetings. The pond itself seems larger than it really is. It is a special design that is to blame for this. In it, small buildings are located directly on the water, and larger ones are moved away. Fort Canning, Singapore.
In this city-state there is a rather noisy and active life. But not only stone and steel determine the atmosphere of Singapore, there is here and its city park. It is located in the center of the city, on a 60-meter high. The local green garden also has a very rich history. Once it was used by the authorities for military needs, and today in the gardens there are many not only botanical, but also historical sights. A garden of spices stands out among them. He exactly recreates the botanical garden of Sir Stamford Raffles. But it was this Briton who founded Singapore in his time. It will be interesting to look at the Gothic gates, for the rest are placed domes. Once in the park was buried 600 Christians, you can find here even some of the remaining tombstones. Now these places are given to a concert platform where performances on fresh air pass.