| An old, abandoned railway and the embankment it is situated on in Taichung, Taiwan, are about to become a bustling thin strip of parkland. The so-called “Green Corridor Taichung” will make use of the railway line which passes through the center of the city and will span more than a mile, or a kilometer and a half. Among its many objectives is the aim to maintain the strong historical characteristics of the region while simultaneously reinvigorating the urban atmosphere and improving the biodiversity of the area.
Construction of the linear park will begin later this year and will continue until the next. By the time it is finished, Green Corridor Taichung will offer a partially elevated green street integrated with gardens and open areas for sports, children’s playgrounds, a sculpture park, plazas, etc. Inspired by the decommissioned railway infrastructure, parts of the park will branch off in different directions. The Green Corridor will also provide a new cycling lane and a river crossing the park with trees planted along it.
“The Green Corridor will become an attractive destination inviting visitors to enjoy the greenery,” explained the project authors from the architectural studio Mecanoo in Delft, “In order to maintain the cultural characteristics of the region and also define a coherent, easily identifiable theme of the project, the new plan relies on the model of the railway route.” In the different parks there will also be an herbal garden, an outdoor gym, a performance stage, a playground, a gazebo, and even a waterpark. All of these things will create an appealing place for relaxation and recreation.
Along with everything else the Green Corridor aims to help the preservation and development of the flora and fauna of the region.