The Máxima Park, my local 'Central Park'
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One of the many things I really miss about New York is my beloved Central Park one of the most beautiful parks in the world.
And actually, I may not complain, my apartment is more or less located inside (a small) city park. And less than a mile away (1.1 km) I can visit one of the largest parks of the city of Utrecht, the Máxima Park. This park is actually almost as extensive as Central Park. But has a completely different character, of course. Funny enough it has a link with New York; the architects of the park, the firm West8, is also building a park for New York, on Governors Island.
Máxima Park is still under construction, and the nature inside it is growing and developing. It has several nice features, like:
- an archeological site. Many years ago the Romans lived in this area and even had a huge 'interstate' like road running here. Many foundations of the road, ships, guard towers have been found. One of these towers has been restored.
- forest and meadow landscapes. A tiny piece of the area as it looked like before the urban jungle seized it has been kept like it was here
- the Ribbon (het lint): an 8-km (5-mile) long loop path through the park, open for bikers, hikers and runners. It even has a time registration system.
- manually operated little ferry boats, a nice way to cross some of the little rivers inside the park.
- the pergola; a (still bare) honey rate shaped wall, that is supposed to contain a hanging garden if nature has done its growing.
I combined the park with a bike tour in the surroundings of the park en enjoyed the nice views on the nature and the setting sun. And I of course played with the little ferry boat.
More pictures below.