Gallery: 6 Awesome Parks Made From Rehabilitated Urban Structures

High Line Park in New York City

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!

Marvel at how abandoned urban structures have been reclaimed in these amazing adaptive reuse projects from around the world:

Cheonggyecheon River Project in Seoul

Ghost Train Park in Lima

Abandoned Silo Climbing Gym in Amsterdam

High Line Park in New York City

Wunderland Kalkar in Germay

Paddington Reservoir Gardens in Sydney

Cheonggyecheon River Project in Seoul

This stream used to be buried underneath the city of Seoul until it was uncovered and transformed into a lush green park as part of the Cheonggyecheon Restoration Project. Since 2003, the new park has been like a major life-force for the center of the city, helping reduce temperatures and bridging the gap between the north and south of the metropolis. The 5.6 km park is encouraging new activity and recreation and is even home to an array of new insects, fish and other wildlife.

Ghost Train Park in Lima

Old train ruins in Lima, Peru have become the perfect playground for both kids and adults alike thanks to the work of Spanish group Basurama. The Ghost Train Park makes use of recycled materials to create horse-shaped tire swings, climbing structures, canopy lines, and swings. What was once a blight on the city is now a cheery and bright spot full of kids making use what would be otherwise useless concrete columns.

Abandoned Silo Climbing Gym in Amsterdam

Silos are huge pieces of infrastructure that would be a shame to tear down when no longer needed, so when two abandoned silos came up for grabs, Amsterdam hoped to transform them into something amazing for everyone. NL Architects proposed an adaptive reuse project that would transform the silos into an incredible climbing gym. If ever completed, the project would allow climbers to scale both the interior and exterior of the silos and rappel down – all in the name of fun.


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  1. Amaraaa April 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I am actually studying architecture in Korea right now and almost all of my profs said Cheonggyecheon stream project is not successful (critical).
    They had to restore and renovate the ruin of historical building and bridges, Unfortunately lack of construction time (presidential election Lee Myung-bak)its all gone.

  2. gavinhudson September 30, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Thanks for covering the Cheonggyecheon and the topic in general. Cheonggyecheon stream is one of my favorite sections of Seoul. It’s so nice to get some respite from the hustle of the city along this beautiful stream.

  3. kenji July 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Gasworks park in Seattle, WA is pretty nifty also.

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