Chengdu's former amusement park will be converted into a 150-mu (approx. 100,000 sqm) forested park open to the public for free by mid next year.
"A generation of Chengdu residents carries the memories of growing up with the Mengzhuiwan Park. We'll certainly keep that nostalgia that in mind as we plan the area," said a spokesperson for the Chenghua District.
The area, provisionally named Chenghua Park, will utilize and preserve some of the features of the original amusement park, such as the roller coaster, which will remain standing but not in operation. Existing green areas and over 7,500 trees currently in the area will also be preserved. Additional large trees—mostly birch, hibiscus, poplars, and the endangered metasequoias—will be planted.
Planners hope that the park will be a "green lung within the city" and that it will "create a natural and modern ecological landscape." To that extent, only minimal facilities will be constructed in the park: restrooms, benches, and food, drink, and newspaper stands.
Construction is expected to start before the end of the year and finish by July of next year. Once open, the park will be open to the public free of charge.
The site is the former Mengzhuiwan Amusement Park, in the central city's northeast area, not far from the TV Tower.