Pardisan Park

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Pardisan Park
Pardisan Park.jpg
Statue of Persian fallow deer doing a mating-dance
Type Urban wild
Designer Ian McHarg
Operated by Department of Environment
Status Open all year

Pardisan Park (Persian: پارک پردیسان – Pārk e Pardisān‎‎) is a complex covering more than 270 hectares, located in the northwest of Tehran. It is connected to Hemmat Expressway in the north, and to Sheikh Nouri Expressway in the east.

History[edit]

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

The planning phase of the park was begun by Wallace McHarg Roberts & Todd in 1975, under the reign of the last Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.[2] Due to the conflicts of the 1979 Revolution, the project was suspended, and the firm was left with a large amount of debt. The final construction phase was finished after the revolution.

Facilities[edit]

It is primarily an educational, research and cultural center, with the objective of environmental studies, and is a multipurpose project aimed at increasing public awareness about natural environment.

Several animals live in the park; including monkeys, rabbits, and the Pallas's cats. In addition to the wildlife park, the complex contains playgrounds, a theater, and a biodiversity museum.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ian McHarg (1920–2001) – Landscape Architect, Patrick Alexander
  2. ^ Schnadelbach, R. Terry, et al. "Ian McHarg 1920–." Fifty Key Thinkers on the Environment (7 Dec 2000): 228–241. Environment Complete

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