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Park-e Laleh

Located in the north of Keshavarz Boulevard and formerly used exclusively for army parades, it occupies an area of35 hectares and was constructed in 1966.
Because of being surrounded by many cultural and recreational centers such as the Contemporary Art Museum and Handicrafts Market to the west, Carpet Museum, Laleh Hotel, and Children's Art Creative Center to the north, tennis ground to the east, and other facilities such as the Children's Library; puppet theater, Mini City 2000, amphitheater accommodating 500 persons, volleyball and small football grounds, table tennis, chess, and Japanese garden inside the open area of the park, it is one of the most crowded parks of modern Tehran.


Park-e Mellat

Located to the north of Vanak Square, along Vali Asr Avenue, north Tehran, the Mellat Park with area of 341,770 sq. m, was originally designed as an English park and constructed during the 1968-75 period.
The park, with its tall and old trees, lovely flower gardens, vast lawn areas, beautiful hills and a glimmering lake provides a relaxing atmosphere which attracts large crowds of all walks of life every day, who take advantage of its sports facilities, health path and other available services. The park's flower gardens consist of various roses, chrysanthemums, geraniums, violets, marigolds, primroses, and many others. Trees, in a nicely arranged order, are planted in five locations in the park. These are in full harmony with the natural surroundings and include acacia, elm, plane, cypress, and other trees.
The lake with its rental boats, a small and well-kept zoo, and various playgrounds have all made this park a popular visiting place for children as well. Not only they can spend their time playing, but also may enjoy seeing the cascading waterfalls, nice statutes and using the small library.
Similar to many other parks, a number of busts of famous Iranian scholars, writers, and poets by modem sculptors can be seen on both sides of the park's wide stairway.


Park-e Niavaran

Located in northeastern part of Tehran, and called Saheb Qauntil 1969, Niavaran Park occupies an area of about 63,000 sq. m. Weather-wise, it is one of the most pleasant parks of Tehran. The plants in the park include many varied and exotic species, which attract a great number of researchers in botany.
In addition to its natural beauty, a green- house, two public swimming pools, language laboratory, children's play ground, table tennis and chess facilities, elementary and advanced horse racing tracks, and a library and cultural center form other features of the park. An outdoor amphitheater in the park represents another facility, which can be used for plays and theatrical activities.
The style of the park is a cross between the oriental and English gardens: its symmetrically arranged pathways and ponds follow the oriental, while its trees and shrubbery take after the English gardens.

Park-e Sa'ei

Located in Vali Asr Avenue and to the south of Vanak Square, this is a 12-hectare park designed by a university professor in 1945. However, construction works of the park were left unfinished until 1962 because of its designer's death in an airplane accident, when Tehran Municipality took it over and completed the remaining works.


PrkSaei_Small.jpg (19130 bytes)It looks like a Japanese garden inside a valley, equipped with all sorts of cultural and recreational facilities. Standing anywhere around the valley, one can see a full view of the park. There is a nice tea house with a capacity of 1,500 persons in the terrace of the open air amphitheater of the park.


Park-E Shatranj

Located in Ajudanieh Street, Darabad Street, north Tehran, it was built in 1991 and covers an area of 3,500 sq. m. Literally, the name Park-e Shatranj means the Chess Park. On entering the park, one will see: old trees, castle-like halls, pathways paved with black and white stone tiles, and an attractive clock.
The sight of this beautiful and magnetic collection of elements gives the impression of entering a large chess board. Along the main pathways, on parts paved with black and white stone tiles., you can see chess pieces. In addition to their decorative aspects, a game of chess may be played with them.
The ponds with water fountains and colorful lights add to the attractions of the park. The bottoms of these ponds are paved with black and white stone tiles, suggestive of a chess board. Thirty special benches in yellow are placed on the main pathways of the park, which can be used for playing chess. Between the benches, a chess board is fixed so that the chess players can play outdoors.
Two separate halls for men and women interested in chess playing are built in this park with 8 tables in each hall. These halls are the most interesting and spectacular parts of the park. They look like castles in chess pieces with wooden staircases that lead to the roof.
Tall and pretty oriental plane trees, pines, and elm trees sprout from the heart of stones, serving as the symbols of the dominance of trees in the nature around them. The park has a colorful flower cover with various species of roses, geraniums, etc, which make the park especially eye. catching.


Park-e Ferdowsi

Located in Niavaran district, at the foot of Kolak Chal mountain, the Ferdowsi Park is the highest park of Tehran and occupies an area of about 120,000 sq. m. It was called Park-e Jamshidieh until early March 1997.
Natural environment, fresh air, beautiful ponds and old trees are among its unique features. In designing the park's landscape, all efforts were made to keep the scenic, natural environment untouched. To this end extensive use has been made of various mountain rocks. In fact this is the first rock garden in Iran.
The park owes it beauty mainly to its 15,900 trees, mostly acacia. The oldest ones are elm, ash and plane trees. In the colorful flower garden area of the park one can see various species of roses, Japanese quinces; violets, marguerites, petunias, and many others. A large artificial lake and its adjoining waterfalls are among the principal features of this beautiful park.
Plans for the westward expansion of the park including, among other things, 14 Houses of Culture to introduce the national and tribal diversities of Iranian architecture, music, and handicrafts, together with a special museum for mountaineers have already been completed and the park is serving the people as real cultural-recreational complex.. There is a nice restaurant with delicious local and foreign foods, which gives you a panorama of Tehran, particularly at early evening hours and when the weather is not polluted,

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