Pardisan Park

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Bostan-e Pardisan
Pardisan Park.jpg
Statue of deer doing a mating dance--Persian fallow deer
Type Urban wild
Operated by Environmental Protection Agency of Iran
Status Open all year

Pardisun park (also called Shahrak-e Gharb's Forest Park, Persian: پارک جنگلی شهرک غرب ‎ is a multi-purpose complex covering more than 270 hectares located in north-west Tehran.

This complex is primarily an educational, research and cultural center with the objective of creating suitable facilities for the study of the environment in all its different aspects. However, in addition to scientific activities, facilities have been created in Pardisun Park for visitors to spend time in an inspiring, educational atmosphere. In other words, this Park is a multipurpose project, providing education in fun and relaxed surroundings aimed at increasing public awareness about natural environment. Pardisun Park contains the Biodiversity Museum, a wildlife park, a theatre, playgrounds and several other facilities In the park there live many animals like the Pallas's cat, or manul. Pallas's cat is a small Asian cat that was named after a German naturalist, Peter Pallas, who first described it, noting that it is missing the front pre-molar teeth, giving it 28 teeth instead of 30, as in most fields. He also, suggested that it was the ancestor of the Persian breeds of domestic cats because of its long fur, stocky build and flattened face.

The original design of the park is attributed to Ian McHarg of the University of Pennsylvania.[1][2][3]

History[edit]

In 1975 Wallace McHarg Roberts & Todd began the planning phase of a project for the Shah of Iran, an environmental park to be called Pardisan, unlike any the world had ever seen.[4] The park was to demonstrate the heritage of the Iranian people, as well as to illustrate the major ecosystems of the world. McHarg was enthusiastic about this project, and greatly invested in the work. The other partners of the firm, however, believed the project to be a significant risk, despite the fact that Iran was wealthy from the sale of oil. Their concerns became justified when the Shah was overthrown and the firm was left with a large amount of debt from the project. Pardisan was never constructed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/ian-mcharg-729088.html
  2. ^ Pardisun: plan for an environmental park in Tehran: for the Imperial Government of Iran, Department of Environment. [Philadelphia]: WMRT, 1975. Loeb Design: QH77.I55 P37x. [1]
  3. ^ http://www.demlib.com/universite/lanmcharg.htm
  4. ^ Schnadelbach, R. Terry, et al. "Ian McHarg 1920-." Fifty Key Thinkers on the Environment (07 Dec. 2000): 228-241. Environment Complete

Coordinates: 35°44′N 51°21′E / 35.733°N 51.350°E / 35.733; 51.350