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Adam Mickiewicz (Julianowski) Park


quarter between Zgierska, Sowińskiego, Jaworowa, Folwarczna, Róż and Karłowicza streets


The park runs along the Sokołówka River valley. The origin of the place dates bake to the Middle Ages, when it was most probably a defensive settlement. Bałuty district, where the park is located, used to be an independent nobleman's village. At the beginning of the development of industrial Lodz, it belonged to Stanisław Strzałkowski, and by the end of the century it was auctioned to Juliusz Haizl (therefore the name of the Park - Julianowski). The pride of the park are marshes, perhaps not so vast as they used to be when the Park was at the peak of splendour, and numerous fountains, water cascades, bridges and a linden alley. The finest times of the park lasted until 1930s. In the palace of the first owner, Juliusz Hainzl, that existed at that time was to be opened a regional museum, but the building suffered so much from military operations that the occupant had to pull it down. Unfortunately, not a trace remains after the Park's pearls - exotic trees, even though thanks to newly planted trees, alleys and major post-war reconstruction the Park has acquired an artistic, picturesque character. The most interesting trees in the park are, for example: red leaf beech trees, white limes, nikko firs, California fir, Caucasian walnuts, magnolias, Swiss pines and yew trees. In the east part of the park grows an approximately 300-year-old oak called Kosynier. Now, the park offers sports equipment, a model race track and a parachute tower belonging to the Aviation League. In summer, concerts and exhibitions are organised at the concert bowl provided by the Urban Culture Department.

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