Parks in Krakow
Krakow contains Planty ring of about 30 gardens since it encircles the central Old Town historic district.
Its leafy alleys and flowerbeds replaced Krakow’s once awesome city walls in the 1820s. At the same time the natives prefer the 22-hectare downtown Park Jordana (near the National Museum) with its recreational facilities from a paddling pond to playgrounds to volleyball and basketball courts.
Krakow’s botanical garden was set up in 1779 and nowadays boasts some 5,000 plants, both exotic and native. Situated in the city’s downtown, it appears an oasis for traffic-weary residents. As the park borders on the plethora of dorms alongside three major campuses and the central university library, no wonder it teems with students besides families, kids and mothers with babies. The Park Jordana adjoins also grounds of the Wisla Club, Krakow’s biggest sports organization, with its main stadium, public swimming pools, and hall that seats 1,500. Moreover, the huge Blonia common stretches the full length of both the parkland and the sports grounds. The 120-acre meadow amid bustling downtown Krakow has the legal status of a national heritage. The everyday refuge of joggers, strollers, dog owners, sunbathers, etc.–and an occasional cow–proves ideal for open-air events when necessary, be it a concert, a parade, or a papal mass heard by millions.
Krakow contains also a number of wildlife preserves within the city limits, established mostly for the protection of endangered flora species.
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