Parque das NaÃ§Ãµes, Lisbon
The Parque das NaÃ§Ãµes was reclaimed from semi-derelict industrial site for the international "Expo 98" exhibition.
There was a guarantee that when the temporary exhibits were removed the site would continue to be developed into area providing business, commercial, residential and leisure facilities.
"Parque EXPO's objectives were to not only organise and manage the last World Exposition of the century, which took place in Lisbon from 22 May to 30 September 1998, but to also implement a vast urban and environmental renewal project on the area selected for the event, which contribution was a key factor for the event's success."
Read more http://www.parqueexpo.pt/ven/Pages/Homepage.aspx
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See the site - here -
The development continues, sometimes slightly controversial as with the hotel next to the Vasco da Gama Tower, but this fulfils the main brief of bringing work to what was a desperately run down part of Lisbon. It was a grand scheme that still has some way to go to bring it to fruition, and it certainly seems to have worked.
Looking at the area now it's hard to believe what it must have been like. It's a fantastic place to visit, with a huge amount of things to do for both adults and children (play areas, gardens, a permanent Interactive Science exhibition, a massive Oceanarium, theatres - both indoor and outdoor ... etc, etc) and is alongside a bustling business and commercial area that ensures the eateries have regular customers outside the tourist season.
As an aside, I remember the "Garden Festivals" of the UK - they were meant to do the same by regenerating run-down areas. I wonder if they achieved as much?.