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For decades, the Ferris wheel looming over Chengdu's former amusement park was an iconic landmark of the city's northeastern quarter.
Last year, however, the symbolic structure, along with most of the park's other attractions and rides, was disassembled to make way for a new green space in the otherwise heavily urban area. The 100,000-square-meter park will be open to the public and free of charge to enter, local news reported.
The area 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.
As part of the park planners' vision, only minimal facilities will be constructed in the park: restrooms, benches, and food, drink, and newspaper stands.
"A generation of Chengdu residents carries the memories of growing up with the Mengzhuiwan Park," a Chenghua District spokesperson told the local media. Now a new generation will grow up with memories of open green spaces.