This is a continuation of this post.
I was biking from the district of Sant Martí, where I am staying, to the Rambla of Poble Nou.
Before crossing Av. Diagonal, there is the the Parc del Centre del Poblenou. I’ve driven by it numerous times on my way to visit my friends, but I had never had the chance to enter until now. There are three different sections separated by roads. I first entered the eastern-most park. This one is the smallest of the three, and feels much more enclosed and separated from the rest of the world. The middle is full of trees that have small, hard, black and red berries. It was only after an older man with a dog came up to me to tell me about the trees that I found out they are actually a form of pepper. I appreciated the information, although it is always uncomfortable when a stranger approaches you in such a solitary place as this.
Along with the trees, there were installations of the artistic kind, and chairs which were also designed with art in mind.
There is a bit of a different view of the same building (from the last post) under construction.
Across the street, there is the entrance to another section. This one is much broader, with less trees, and with jungle gyms for kids.
The third section has a cupola with a description in Catalan. It is some sort of island futuristic concept piece.
In the background you can see the chimney of an old factory. It is common, when rebuilding, to save the chimneys to keep part of the history of the area. A sign nearby explains that they wish to create a pathway of white-painted trees ending at the chimney. This vision has yet to be realized as the park is a bit abandoned by the government.
In this last section of the park are these cabañas, which can be used as a playground for children and as a way to remember old times (or so they say).
The Rambla itself will have to be discussed at another time.