The History Of Parc Del Forum In 1 Minute

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19 December 2016

Parc del Forum, or the Forum Park, is a multifunctional public space and park in Barcelona. Parc del Forum is mostly used for urban life and outdoor sports but also serves as a host for several major concerts, events and festivals throughout the year. The park is located in the neighborhood of Mar Diagonal at the end of Avenue Diagonal, belonging to the district of Sant Marti on the border of Barcelona and neighboring municipality San Adrián del Besós.

The park was originally created for the Universal Forum of Cultures – a 141-day long international event held in Barcelona in 2004. The creation of Parc del Forum initiated an urban rehabilitation of the district, as a completely new neighborhood, Mar Diagonal was born and Poble Nou was regenerated. The park was designed as a joint project by Elías Torres and José Antonio Martínez Lapeña, with the purpose of creating a multifunctional space, where the park’s big sun panels play a central role.

Liars en el Primavera Sound 2009 | © Alterna2/Flickr / Parc del Forum | / Parc del Forum | Teresa Grau Ros/Flickr

Nowadays Parc del Forum hosts some of the city’s biggest and most established festivals, including Primavera Sound, Cruilla and Catalonia’s own Feria de Abril de Catalonia. It is popular for big events like this due to its capacity of accommodating up to 65,000 guests. The main house of Barcelona’s Natural History Museums, Museu Blau, is located in the Forum Park and can be easily recognized by its emblematic design and its blue exterior. The museum was opened in 2011 and it was designed by two Swiss architects, Herzog & de Meuron.

To visit Forum Parc and any of its events, museum or festivals, take L-4 metro to El Maresme – Forum, or travel by tram T4 along Diagonal to Fòrum.

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