One of our favorite projects to open as of late has been the High Line Park in Manhattan. We still can’t get over the inspired idea to transform an abandoned, elevated train line into a beautiful park in the heart of the city. Now that the second phase of the High Line is complete, there’s even more space to stroll, hang out and take in the sites of greater Manhattan. The High Line is officially our favorite spot in NYC for ice cream because you can walk it off afterwards!
If you’re looking for a bit more excitement in your park, check out the Wunderland Kalkar in Germany – an abandoned nuclear plant that has been transformed into an amusement park. The plant was never actually in operation, so have no fear of radiation – but rather than tearing it down, they transformed it into a park that draws hundreds of thousands of people every year.
Sydney also has an impressive adaptive reuse project to create a beautiful urban green space. The ruins of a public waterworks was magically transformed into the Paddington Reservoir Gardens with enough history to give you the feeling you’re walking around the Acropolis. And since it used to be a waterworks, water efficiency is still a high priority. In fact, rainwater is collected on-site for landscape irrigation.