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Spreepark Plänterwald

photography by Stefan Kaz

published on 2012-06-07 by Sara
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In 1969 the GDR built its first amusement park in the Plänterwald (Treptow). This “cultural park” remained the only park of its kind in the entire GDR. The park’s landmark was the 45-metre-high, widely visible Ferris wheel, which was renovated in 1989. After the fall of communism and the Berlin Wall, the park was elaborately adapted to western standards, but due to the higher entrance fees, the visitors were also absent. In 2001, the private operator filed for bankruptcy. For more than ten years now, the gigantic site has been abandoned and exposed to decay and vandalism. The 40 meter high Ferris wheel has been standing still for 20 years, the “English Village” is decaying and the roller coaster more and more resembles a scrap metal installation.

Only a few relics of the old rides remind us of the past as a famous amusement park. Since 2016, Grün Berlin has been developing a usage and operating concept for the Spreepark of the Future with the aim of carefully combining the themes of art, culture and nature. The goal is to create a new type of public park in which the eventful past of the amusement park enters into an exciting dialogue with today’s forms and media of art. The framework planning, which was presented to the public in mid-2018, shows a wide range of development possibilities for the Spreepark.

For urban explorers, these new plans for the Spreepark Plänterwald mean only one thing: no more access. While security was lax in the 00’s, it’s become incredibly tight since a few years ago.

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