Where do I begin? We have seen so many places in Berlin so far and just when I think we have toured it all, there’s more!
Two of my favorite parks that we have visited so far were Sudegalande park and Gliesdreick Park.
Both parks had a common theme. They were old rail-yards that turned into industrial wastelands that were no longer in use by people. Since the area is near city, people fought to gain their own open space to walk around and enjoy, but they still wanted to preserve the existing nature.
Gliesdreick Park has more activities such as skateboarding, running, biking, tennis, soccer, playgrounds and open yards for many more activities. It is very accommodating for families and people looking to get outside. The parks goal was to create an active and passive feel for all visitors, which means people can lay out on the lawn or exercise all day.
What I really liked about this park and most parks in Germany is that people are out and about. They’re enjoying the sunlight and fresh air instead of being inside. It’s nice to see that because I live in more of a suburban town where everything is spaced out and it seems people are less connected to one another and to their environment.
The second park, Sudgelande Park was also really nice because it focused on preserving nature while allowing people to walk through and connect back with nature. It is also a famous spot for artists to create artwork such as graffiti murals and dance videos. The park works on a large conservation area due to the endangered species that are habited there. They had a hard time trying to invite people into spaces where endangered species go, but they realized with choosing what to maintain and what no to maintain they can make both the critters and people happy.
Going to parks in Germany has really helped me understand what people like in a park and what they aren’t really getting much use out of. It’s also helped me see how a park can become more interactive.
For example, we went to a park called Wald Berlin Klima, which had active diagrams showing the pollution in the air, how many trees one person needs in a year and had a goal of planting more and more trees every year to become more sustainable in the future years, which is great because Nature Conservation/Preservation is extremely important in cities like Berlin.