Doña Casilda Iturrizar park
|Doña Casilda Iturrizar park|
|Location||Indautxu, Bilbao, Spain|
Doña Casilda Iturrizar park is a public park located in the city of Bilbao (Basque Autonomous Community, Spain), in the central neighbourhood of Indautxu. It is named after Casilda Iturrízar, who donated the terrains.
It was the only lung of the city until a few years ago. It is an English-style garden created more than 100 years ago, in which the main highlights are the perfectly preserved examples of many centenary tree species.
Within the park there is a duck pond with various species of waterfowl, the park is nicknamed Parque de los Patos (Duck's park) by the locals because of this pond. There is also a cybernetic fountain that offers annually sound and light shows during the holidays, surrounded by a large space where concerts are held and a pergola.
The park lost ground during the 20th century, the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum was constructed entirely inside the park and the so-called park road, a four lane access to the city centre, was created in the northern edge of the park.
Abandoibarra project has allowed since 2006 to broaden the green area, by removing the park road and enlarging the park over the former shipyards of Euskalduna. The park remains the main lung of the city, although it is no longer the only one.
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