The airfield of Berlin’s historic Tempelhof airport will become the German capital’s largest park by the summer of 2010, city officials announced on Monday. “Beginning in May the Tempelhof field will be open to all,” Berlin’s urban development Senator Ingeborg Junge-Reyer said.
With an area of 230 hectares, the airfield park that straddles both the Kreuzberg and Neukölln districts will be significantly larger than Berlin’s famous Tiergarten park.
As of Tuesday, Berlin will be sole owner of the park after purchasing the federal government’s share for €35 million, Junge-Reyer said. The city plans to spend a further €60 million over the next seven years to develop the open space. Another €1.6 million per year will go to park maintenance and security.