The Parc de la Ciutadella covers an area of 300,000 square metres and is the third largest park after Montjuïc and the Tres Turons. It is also a hugely significant natural urban space due to its history, high volume of visitors and strategic location near the historical nucleus of the city and near the coast.
The drafting of the new master plan aims to transform of the current fenced site, which is invisible from surrounding streets and divisive in that it splits neighbourhoods. The park is also detached from the coastline and includes obsolete facilities and unused historical buildings. The idea is for a more open and integrated space, better suited to the needs of the 21st century.
On one hand, the aim is to link the park to the urban layout around it and the Parc de la Barceloneta, connecting it to with the beach. To make this possible, the option of converting the train tracks and Pg. Circumval·lació into a green space will be studied and included in the draft plan if possible.
In addition, the intention is to improve connections between the park and surrounding neighbourhoods and other important arteries in the city, such as the future Parc de les Glòries, the Parc de l’Estació del Nord, Barceloneta and the Pere IV hub.
At the same time, work will be done with institutions in the area, such as the Parliament, Pompeu Fabra University and Barcelona Zoo, the aim being to transform the park into an open classroom for science and culture, promoting knowledge-based projects in the natural environment.
Uses and activities in the park will also be adapted to current needs, strengthening compatibility between visitors’ enjoyment and the preservation of heritage and biodiversity.