Another location we went to was Nordstern Park, it is a really big park that has different sections. First, we walked up a hill to see the garden behind. There were many different kinds of plants for visitors to enjoy. Along the pathway in the garden, you would see the Emscher river, which is a polluted river, but the organizations have been working on revitalizing and cleaning the river. Then, we encountered another river, this one is wider and less smelly. It was interesting to see that they were so close but yet one was polluted, and one was perfectly fine. After that, we were at a playground. Unlike the American park, German parks have more facility and it is bigger for children and people at any other ages to play and enjoy. There was a water structure, climbing nets, tall sliders, swings for toddlers, etc. We all enjoyed that playground a lot.
One of the things I noticed was besides safety and engineering of the bridges, German people also care a lo0t about the aesthetic of the bridges. The first bridge was designed with metals all around the bridge that formed plaid patterns, which created a really cool shade and light effects on the bridges. The second one had some really big and tall tube-looking like red metal over it, which drew visitors’ attention on it. When you walked closer, you would see that they were not only decorations they also supported that bridge. I think that it is really thought to let design and science have a balance, this is one of the attractions of landscape architecture.