The Máxima Park, my local 'Central Park'

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A piece of Leidsche Rijn like as it was before the houses were built

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.

Sunset in Máxima Park

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.

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A piece of Leidsche Rijn like as i…
A piece of Leidsche Rijn like as …
Sunset in Máxima Park
Sunset in Máxima Park
Near the entrance of the park. A r…
Near the entrance of the park. A …
The restored Roman watch tower
The restored Roman watch tower
Leidsche Rijn is central to many p…
Leidsche Rijn is central to many …
Máxima Park
Máxima Park
Máxima Park
Máxima Park
Máxima Park
Máxima Park
Máxima Park
Máxima Park
Máxima Park
Máxima Park
Máxima Park
Máxima Park
The Pergola, Máxima Park
The Pergola, Máxima Park
The Pergola, Máxima Park
The Pergola, Máxima Park
Strange art in Máxima Park
Strange art in Máxima Park
The Pergola, Máxima Park
The Pergola, Máxima Park
My bike on the hand-powered ferry
My bike on the hand-powered ferry
My bike on the hand-powered ferry
My bike on the hand-powered ferry
Sunset in Máxima Park
Sunset in Máxima Park
Sunset near my partment
Sunset near my partment
GPS profile of the track through t…
GPS profile of the track through …
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photo by: krysleigh