Parque Casilda Iturrizar (Casilda Iturrizar Park), Bilbao

Parque Casilda Iturrizar (Casilda Iturrizar Park), Bilbao

Dona Casilda was generous in her philanthropy. Hospitals, streets, and a theatre honor her. On the street where she lived, the plaque proclaims she shared her "great riches" with "the poor of the world." In 1907, the land donated by the philanthropist was used to create Dona Casilda Iturrizar Park. For many years, it was the only green place in the city.

The park's main characteristic is the 18th-century English garden style of greenery. Many of the trees are over 100 years old. In the park is a pond harboring several species of water birds and peacocks, giving the park the nickname "Parque de los Patos" ("Duck's Park"). A cybernetic fountain is surrounded by a shaded pergola.

A significant percentage of parkland was lost in the 20th century in the construction of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. The Museum was built entirely within the park itself. The four-lane highway Park Road intruded on the north side of the park. In 2006, the Abandoibarra project rejuvenated the depressed city and greatly enhanced the parking area.

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Parque Casilda Iturrizar (Casilda Iturrizar Park) on Map

Sight Name: Parque Casilda Iturrizar (Casilda Iturrizar Park)
Sight Location: Bilbao, Spain (See walking tours in Bilbao)
Sight Type: Park/Outdoor
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