Natal Brazil

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Friday, June 06, 2008

Natal City Park - designed by Oscar Niemeyer



The Mayor of Natal announced yesterday (Environment Day) that the Parque da Cidade (City Park), whose official name is Parque da Cidade Dom Nivaldo Monte, will be opened later this month.

The City Park will cover an area of 64 hectares, aimed at environmental preservation and education, and will comprise eco-trails, jogging lanes, library, auditorium, orchidarium and more. The symbol of the Park should be the central tower, about 30 meter high, which will house the Memorial of the City; the Memorial should maintain exhibits about the History and Development of Natal.

The area where the Park will be located is, like most of Natal, covered by dunes. It will be the second largest Park in Natal, the biggest being Parque das Dunas. And just like Parque das Dunas, this new park will have an important role in keeping a good environment health: these parks function as a large filter, which captures rain water and cleans it before reaching the freatic sheet; they help maintain thermal balance; they shelter several species of fauna and flora; they add green space to the city.

The Park was designed by world famous architect Oscar Niemeyer, the same who designed all the important buildings in Brasilia, the seat of United Nations in New York and several other known buildings around the world.

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