Yanweizhou Wetland Park-Located in the heart of Jinhua City in central Zhejiang province in eastern China
Located in the heart of Jinhua City in central Zhejiang province in eastern China, is a natural riparian wetland where the Wuyi River and Yiwu River converge to form Jinhua River. This 64-acres wetland called Yanweizhou, meaning “the sparrow tail”, had remained underdeveloped for years until it became the center for cultural activities featuring a concert hall and green spaces. The problem though was that these spaces were underutilized because of the location’s poor accessibility. In addition, most of the wetland was fragmented and damaged by sand quarrying. The existing wetland is covered with secondary growth dominated by poplar trees and Chinese Wingnut that provide habitat for native birds like egrets.
Yanweizhou is now the location of an environment-friendly park achieved through meandering vegetated terraces, curvilinear paths, a serpentine bridge, circular bio-swales and planting beds, and curved benches. The project has given the city a new identity and is now acclaimed as its most poetic landscape.
The centerpiece of the park is the pedestrian footbridge that snakes across the rivers linking various parks along the riverbanks in both the southern and northern city districts. The bridge starts at nearby Jinlongwan Park and crosses over the Wuyi River and Yanweizhou Park, then over the Yiwu River before ending in nearby Wuzhou Park. The bridge not only connects the three parks, but also the people of the city that are separated by the rivers.
“A rainbow bridge that flies above the wetland park acts as an access into the designed wetland,” said the architects, “and as a linkage that invites the ever busy residents to ‘slowdown’ their pace to enjoy the everyday landscape surrounding the city, the beauty of which has been forgotten and misused over the past decades.”
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