The historic Berlin Tempelhof Airport was the site of early flying demonstrations by Orville Wright in 1909 and the 1948 Berlin Airlift. Today it is now seeing new life as a beloved new park known as Tempelhofer Feld. This transformation was the result of a May 2014 referendum vote by residents of Berlin to restrict development and turn all of the land into a park. Tempelhofer Feld now draws residents from all over Berlin and visitors from around the world, who wish to experience a successful example of historical ‘adaptive reuse’ and to enjoy a wonderful day in a grand park.
Here’s a report from Airport2Park supporter Andrew Gledhill:
And you ask yourself ‘why can’t we have that?’, and then you realize we can.
In 1926, Santa Monica residents actually passed a Parks Bond to purchase the land where the present airport resides today.
We still own that land. It is just a matter of time until it is transformed into a park as beloved as Templehof.