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Following a terrible flood in 1957, the Turia river was diverted along a canal to the south of the city, leaving a 7 km long dried out riverbed running through the centre of the city, today a park known as Jardin del Turia.

The City approved legislation to turn the riverbed into a park and commissioned Ricard Bofill to create a master plan in 1982. He created a framework for the riverbed and divided it into 18 zones. Today, all but one of the zones has been developed.

The park spans over 450 acres and is characterized by event spaces, bike paths, recreation fields, fountains, and notable structures, such as the Alameda Bridge by Santiago Calatrava. The monumental five-mile green park has an average span of 600 ft and lies within a dense urban sprawl traveling through the historic city centre, playing a huge role in the city’s character today.

Each section of the park has its own distinct design style, from Ricardo Bofill’s formal gardens, built in 1986; Calatrava’s incredible City of Arts and Sciences, completed in 1998; to the Header Park by Eduardo de Miguel Rabones, Blake Muñoz Criado, and Vicente Corell Farinós, completed in 2004. The final zone which will connect the park to the Mediterranean Sea via the city’s marina district has been master planned by Tomas Llavador Architects.

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