In the city, Valencia is a 9 km long park. Did you know that
this gigantic park was before always a river?
This river was well known because of its floods. It had during the years a lot of different kinds of floods. But on 14 October 1957
there was the biggest flood the city Valencia ever experienced. This flood got the Nickname the Great Flood of Valencia. There was a 3-day cold drop of heavy rain. The highest point was 5 meters high with water in the city Valencia. The whole city was left without wáter, gas, and electricity and around 75% of the
commercial industry was affected by the flood. Around 5.800 homes were destroyed and left more or less 3.500 families homeless. This huge flood damaged a big part of the city and costed the lives of various people.
The government of Valencia did not want it to happen again.
To prevent this from happening again they made a plan on 21 December 1961 to build a new river and divide the wáter of the old river into the new river. The new course is 12 kilometers long and 175 meters wide. This new river was rerouted in the south of Valencia. This was 3 kilometers from its original course. They started to work on it in 1964 and finished it in 1973. After the old Turía river was empty the government of Valencia wanted to build inside of this big open space a highway. People from Valencia were protesting against it. They wanted a green space in the city. At that moment there were not too many Green spaces in Valencia. Luckily they said to the people of Valencia that they were right and they started to build the 9km long park.
What do you find now in the park?
Now-a-day you find a lot of things in the park. You will find various sports fields, running paths bike routes, and many more things. You will find in this area as well buildings like Palau de la música of the area of the city of science and art. The Turía park is a nice place to go if you want to get away from the busy city center.