The historical gardens of the Ravetllat-Pla estate are to be renovated and opened to the public to make way for more green spaces, preserve biodiversity, reclaim the heritage for the neighbourhood and promote public activities there. The new public park will extend to an area of 3.6 hectares and allow progress to be made in naturalising the city. Work will start in May and continue for a year and a half.
The development aims to recover the original state of the gardens, to preserve their original identity while adapting them to public use with new access points, path arrangements, recreation and nature spaces with woody and open areas, a marsh, a well, a children’s play area, urban allotments and shelter for animals.
The initiative will turn the gardens, up to now a large barrier for local residents, into a large 3.6 hectare island that will be open to the public during the day and connect two adjacent streets. It will also act as an urban green bridge that will boost the ecological corredor between Parc de la Ciutadella i Collserola, which it is part of, and enable progress to be made in the municipal goal of reaching over 160 hectares of green areas by 2030.
“Improving and bringing dignity to this historical garden will allow us to make progress in naturalising the city and in our commitment to adding 44 hectares of urban greenery during our term of office. We want it to be a benchmark site in biodiversity, open to everyone”, the Deputy Mayor for Ecology, Urban Planning and Mobility, Janet Sanz, highlighted.
The project was carried out in coordination with Guinardó’s local organisations and associations. Work on the gardens, which are budgeted to the tune of 7.6 million euros, will start in May 2018 and is expected to finish in the autumn of 2019.
More green space in a historical setting
The gardens are part of the land belonging to the Ravetllat-Pla estate, a stately 2,500 square-metre mansion built in a neo-classical style in the 1930s as the headquarters for the Ravetllat-Pla Institute, which operated as a pharmaceutical laboratory until 1970s.
The building was also converted into the residence of the Pla-Montseny family and then, over the years, to Núria Pla, the daughter of Ramon Pla and a collector who brought together a large amount of further and antiques from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. To be more specific, 850 items of furniture, sculptures, paintings and gold-smithing which are now on display in this historical building, now a museum and run by the Ramon Pla i Armengol Foundation.