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People's Park Friedrichshain – the first folk park in Berlin, covers an area of 49 hectares.
The idea to create a municipal park for the townspeople belongs to Peter Lenna, a Prussian garden artist, landscape architect and director of the royal parks in Berlin. Johann Heinrich Gustav Mayer, Lena's student, who won the competition, started to implement the project. In 1840, the park was laid to coincide with the centenary of the reign of Frederick II.
The park, modeled on English landscape gardens, was opened in 1848. At the same time, a monument to Frederick II was erected in the park. A column, 4 meters high, with a bronze bust of the king rises in the center of a circular flower bed.
Those who died during the March Revolution of 1848-1849 were buried in the park. A hospital was also built on the territory of the park, the pavilion structure of which corresponds to the landscape of the park. The area of the park was constantly increasing. After 1870, it was decided to expand the park even further; from its northern part, a new grove with linden alleys and a playground was laid. The main attraction of the park, of course, is the Fountain of Fairy Tales, built in 1913 by the architect Ludwig Hoffmann.
During the Second World War, on the site of the blown-up bunkers, mounds of rubble formed on the territory of the park. planted shrubs and trees. Thus, two hills appeared in the park: the Big Bunker Mountain (78 meters high) and the Small Bunker Mountain (48 meters).
In 1951, the water stadium named after Karl Friedrich Friesen, teacher, founder of German gymnastics, freedom fighter, was built. The stadium stands could seat 8,000 spectators; there was a ten-meter tower in the pool 50 meters long; baths were opened for the townspeople. International and friendly competitions were held here. However, the stadium was closed and dismantled in 1987.
In 1981, a sports and recreation center was opened, which, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, was closed due to the lack of investors, but was reopened and significantly expanded.
Also in the park there is a monument to Spanish anti-fascist fighters, a German-Polish obelisk to the fallen heroes of resistance to Nazism. The park has a pond with a Japanese-style garden. The Japanese Pavilion houses the Peace Bell, donated to the magistrate of East Berlin in 1989. It is a symbol of the fight against the threat of nuclear war.
Today the park has an open-air stage, walking paths and ice skating tracks, playgrounds, gazebos, cafes, a football field, tables for table tennis, etc. This is how the Friedrichshain People's Park became one of the most popular holiday destinations for the townspeople.
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