The concept of ‘Elevated Parks’ perhaps started with the Promenade Plantée in Paris. Also known as Coulée Verte, the name roughly translates to ‘Tree-lined walkway’. This legendary attraction in Paris is a narrow parkway which is around 4.8 kilometres long. It was constructed in the year 1993 on a 19th century Vincennes railway viaduct. This beautiful elevated park begins at the east of Opéra Bastille and ends at a spiral staircase which leads to the boulevard Périphérique.
Elevated Parks are generally built on abandoned elevated railway lines. Instead of dismantling and destructing the railway line bridges and paths, beautiful flora is planted along the tracks, giving the denizens a place for leisure activities along with giving the neighbourhood a facelift. Talk about putting worthless things to good use!
Here are a few gorgeous Elevated Parks in the world:
Promenade Plantée, Paris:
The first ever elevated park in the world! While in Paris, take a leisurely walk down this elevated path.
High Line Park, New York City:
A beautiful 2.3 kilometres long elevated park, The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side.
A spectacular wooden footbridge in this bustling city of Holland, it connects the area of Hofplein to Rotterdam Central.
Bloomingdale Trail, Chicago:
The Bloomingdale Trail is the centerpiece of The 606 of Chicago. It is an elevated linear park being built on the unused Bloomingdale railroad.
Walkway over the Hudson, New York:
The Walkway Over The Hudson State Historic Park is a linear walkway spanning the Hudson River. It is the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world.
Train Track Park, Jerusalem:
The Train Track Park in Jerusalem is a walking and cycling promenade built along the route of old train tracks.
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