The 2008 World Expo hosted by the city of Zaragoza showcased the efficient and sustainable use of water as a natural resource
“Parque Metropolitano y Restauración Ambiental U2”.
The International Exposition grounds were complemented by a new park, with a total surface area of 1.200.000 m2, and which was designed to be the green focal point of the city
Described as the city’s “green lung” [Pulmón Verde] the park includes a network of lakes, public beaches, walk and cycle ways offering an incomparable selection of leisure activities
The key focal points of the park are:
1 – An elevated waterway, 600m long with a pedestrian footpath along its entire length.
2 – A balancing reservoir with an total surface area of 10.000 m2
3- A secondary canal, 25m wide and 475m long, fed via an underground pipe directly from the Ebro Rive via a futuristically designed pumping station.
4 – The Ranillas Bulevar, running alongside the Secondary Channel and up to 10m wide
5- The South Square, adjoining the Ronda de Rabal and the white water channel and adjacent to the Torre de Agua building.
6 – The main square, known as the Plaza de Agua at over 5 ha.
7- The Main Canal, at over 14m is the biggest in the park
8 – Two 8m wide distribution channels and,
9 – Various Leisure Lakes, distributed throughout the park, and fed by the different canals.
Within the park there are 4 beaches (sand, pebbles, and grass), water based games, bathing areas, an artificial white water rapids, thermal baths and a Pitch & Putt Golf course extending to more than 29.000m²
Of special interest are:
Soto Natural Park.
A natural space used to maintain the indigenous vegetation and wildlife along the Ebro River.
An important collection of different species from those that share a natural habitat with waterways, to those which grow in more arid climates.
Natural Water Filtration System.
All the water required to supply the lakes, waterways and vegetation is taken through a 2,5km long filtration system that uses the natural sedimentation process provided by the terrain as well as a “green” filter by means of small cascades and vegetation.
Buildings constructed as part of the works included:
The Ranillas Boulevard, and
All associated infraestructure to run an maintain the park: Administrative buildings, R&D Buildings, Leisure Buildings, UNESCO Secretariat Building, Water Management, electrical substations etc
The man-made white-water circuit has been designed for sport and leisure and provides the park with a major attraction
Beaches, Lakes and Pools.
All fed by the different channels designed to provide both unique bathing spaces and sailing for small dinghies.