For months on end, a narrow strip of gravel filled land made Jounieh residents ponder on the nature of a new project snaking its way between land plots by the Fouad Chehab Stadium. With time, the strip turned bit by bit into a healthy green, astonishing those who began to expect little in a country more concerned with profitable concrete than a harmonious fulfilling city.
Our very own version of New York City’s High Line, Paris’s Promenade Plantée, the Jounieh Public Garden turned a narrow strip of land, what could have been one asphalt road into a pretty scented park accessible to all. Having been inaugurated in 2014, the 750m strip starts near the Fouad Chehab Stadium and ends close to the Deutsche School. Named plates cover a variety of plants / trees in the garden, showing their Latin names. The park became second home for plenty who go for a walk / jog in an elegant escapade from the daily hustle of city life, thru scents of lemon blossom, ageing olive trees.
#1month1park is Beirut Green Project’s latest blog section, where we will be featuring one park a month from across the globe. These blog posts are written by residents of cities around the world who enjoy using their parks and are eager to share their experiences with us.
The purpose of this activity is to showcase some of beautiful parks from around the globe, to get inspired by some of their unique features and solutions, and to highlight the significance and vital need for these spaces for a healthy city life.