|Silesian Culture and Recreation Park|
Japan Garden within Silesian Central Park
|Location||Katowice and Chorzów, Silesia, Poland|
|Area||620 hectares (1,532.1 acres)
6.2 square kilometres (2.4 sq mi)
|Status||Open all year|
Silesian Park managed by WPKiW S.A. (Polish: Park Śląski and Wojewódzki Park Kultury i Wypoczynku S.A., abbreviated as WPKiW and translatable as Voivodeship Park of Culture and Recreation S.A.) is a recreation complex in the center of the Upper-Silesian Metropolis at a border of Chorzów and Katowice in Silesia, Poland.
The area of the park is 620 hectares. By comparison, it's almost twice as big as Central Park in New York.
It was created in the 1950s from an initiative of local politician Jerzy Ziętek to restore an industrially-devastated piece of land in the middle of a highly urbanized area.
In addition to the extensive green area, the following are located in the park:
- Silesian Stadium
- Silesian Zoological Garden
- Silesian Planetarium
- Silesian Amusement Park
- Upper Silesian Ethnographic Park
- Katowice International Fair Grounds
- Stadium of GKS Katowice
- Shooting range
- a swimming-pool complex
- a water sports center
- tennis courts
- the rose-garden
- The Technical Progress Centre
- a hotel complex, the Polish Tourist' Society and the Polish Scouts' Association district centers, restaurants, cafés and show pavilions where flower shows and other exhibits are held.
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