A walk in the Park of the Golden Head

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Parc de la Tête d'Or

Parc de la Tête d'Or (or literally, Golden Head Park), in central Lyon is the largest urban park in France with a size of 117 hectares. It is located in the 6th arrondissement, and it features a large lake on which people are boating during the summer months and probaly skating if it gets cold enough! Due to the relatively small number of other parks in Lyon, it receives a huge number of visitors over summer, but even on a vinterday like when we were there it was full of people;  the park is a frequent destination for joggers, cyclists and young families with children - well all kinds of people; tourists like us.

In the northern end of the park, there is a small zoo, with giraffes, elephants, tigers and other animals; I managed to get a picture of some of them on this cold day.

Dr. Livingstone I presume??
There is also sporting equipment, such as a velodrome, boules court, mini-golf, horse riding, and even a miniature train; while we were there young people were even climbing the trees with moutain climbing equipment.

Before the creation of the park

In 1530, the lands constituted the current park were the Lambert family's property, and the location was already named "Parc de la Tête d'Or". In 1662, an archival document referred to the area called Grange Lambert. The name "Tête d'Or" was found from a legend saying that a treasure with a Christ's head could be buried in the park. The area was a flood zone composed of "lônes" (dead backwaters) of the Rhône and "brotteaux" (swamps). It remained like this until the park creation.

 

The project of a park

Since 1812, an urban park in Lyon was planned.

Bernard and Danielle saying goodbye
Various locations were being scheduled, as the Presquîle or the hill of Fourvière, and then finally, the current lands owned in large part to the Hospices civils de Lyon were chosen. In 1845, the architect Christophe Bonnet proposed, in the purpose of the beautification of the Guillotière quarter, a project of urban park at the current location of the park: "To satisfy the pressing needs of a large population, I turned the lands and brush of the Parc de la Tête-d'Or in a planted wood like the Bois de Boulogne."

This idea was also presented by the Senator-Mayor Claude-Marius Vaïsse who wanted to create a park to "give the nature to those who don't have it". In 1856, the land was bought to the Hospices Civils de Lyon. The work of the park began in 1856, under the leadership of Swiss landscapings Eugene and Denis Bulher and lasted five years. The park was finally open in 1857, although at the time all the work was not yet completed. It was located in the northern district of Les Brotteaux, along the Rhône. A dam was built to make non-flooded vast lands transformed into a park.

 

Chokk says:
Thx Bernard
Posted on: Feb 11, 2010
bernard69 says:
it is the only large park in Lyon,a town invaded by concrete!
very informative review Christian!
Posted on: Feb 11, 2010
Chokk says:
Nyla,you are more than welcome:)
Posted on: Jan 12, 2010
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Dr. Livingstone I presume??
Dr. Livingstone I presume??
Bernard and Danielle saying goodbye
Bernard and Danielle saying goodbye
In the park
In the park
Colours of December
Colours of December
Wood art
Wood art
Hanging trees
Hanging trees
A giraff in the park
A giraff in the park
Animals everywhere
Animals everywhere
Flamingo from Lyon
Flamingo from Lyon
Dont feed the ducks !!!
Dont feed the ducks !!!
More pink things
More pink things
Park view - wonderful colours
Park view - wonderful colours
A pelican with itch
A pelican with itch
Another itchy pelican
Another itchy pelican
Tree climbers
Tree climbers
In Lyon !! What is this?
In Lyon !! What is this?
Wrapped up in crap
Wrapped up in crap
In the botanic garden
In the botanic garden
Fly catcher
Fly catcher
White samll bell
White samll bell
Allez vous!
Allez vous!
White ladies!
White ladies!
Hang from the ceiling!
Hang from the ceiling!
Does not look good
Does not look good
In the jungle
In the jungle
Giant leaf
Giant leaf
Red and beautiful
Red and beautiful
Red bells
Red bells
Leaving the park
Leaving the park
Parc de la Tete d'Or
photo by: Chokk