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19 Parks in the Sky Can you imagine walking three kilometers across a city without stopping once at a traffic light ? Today , cities are very crowded and often there is no space for a park but some cities have found a great solution – a park in the sky . Long ago , cities built train tracks 10 meters above the city to remove dangerous train tracks from city streets . This made the streets safer , but millions of people suffered because the trains were noisy and dirty . Because of this , many cities closed these train routes , leaving lots of space high above the sidewalk . Today , this space has become a new kind of park . One of these parks is the Promenade Plantée . It was a 5-kilometer train track across eastern Paris , 10 meters above the sidewalk . In 1969 it was closed . For 20 years , the train tracks remained unused , but not forgotten . Then , in 1980 , architects Jacques Vergely and Philippe Mathieux had a brilliant idea . They thought the track could be turned into a nature spot in the middle of the city . In place of train tracks , they built sidewalks . Next to the sidewalks , they planted trees and flowers . The park was opened to the public in 1994 . Today it is one of the most beautiful parks in Paris . Another park in the sky is High Line in New York City . The city closed its elevated * train route in 1980 . For 20 years the area was unused . Then Joshua David and Robert Hammond realized this area could become an elevated park like the one in Paris . Building began in 2006 , and in 2010 , High Line Park was opened . Now , instead of garbage and weeds , there are flowers , trees and park benches . For those who like culture there are art exhibitions , concerts and lectures . On Tuesday evenings during the summer , people who enjoy astronomy can come to High Line to look at the stars through a telescope . These elevated parks are a huge success . Local people enjoy them because they bring nature and culture into their neighborhoods . The parks also attract a lot of tourists . At present , there are plans to build similar parks in Philadelphia , Chicago , the Netherlands and the U . K . Would you like one in your neighborhood ?

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