Airport2Park goes to Tempelhof, Berlin

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.