Silesian Park

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Silesian Culture and Recreation Park
WPKiW - Ogród Japoński 01.JPG
Japan Garden within Silesian Central Park
Type Urban park
Location Katowice and Chorzów, Silesia, Poland[1]
Area 620 hectares (1,532.1 acres)
6.2 square kilometres (2.4 sq mi)[2]
Created 1950s/1960s
Status Open all year
Website http://www.parkslaski.pl/

Silesian Park managed by WPKiW S.A. (Polish: Park Sląski and Wojewodzki Park Kultury i Wypoczynku S.A., abbreviated as WPKiW and translatable as Voivodship 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.[3]

It is the largest city park of this type in Europe.[4] 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:

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Coordinates: 50°17′14″N 18°59′28″E / 50.287296°N 18.991199°E / 50.287296; 18.991199