Berlin to turn Tempelhof airport into park
Berlin's Tempelhof airport, which was a lifeline for West Berlin during the Soviet blockade, is going to become a park, which will turn one of Europe's most green cities into an even greener space.
It will cost 61 million Euros to convert the now closed airport into a 250 hectare garden - about the size of New York's Central Park.
In 1948 and 1949, Cold War allies supplied West Berlin via an air lift that circumvented a Soviet land blockade. Tempelhof became a symbol of freedom for West Berlin, encircled by Communist East Germany.
A spokesman for the Berlin government, Marko Rosteck, said the monolithic limestone terminal, designed by Ernst Sagebiel, will be preserved.
He said a wide variety of proposals for the terminal's use were being considered.
"We're very fortunate to have a giant patch of green in the heart of the city just waiting to be developed," Rosteck said, adding Berlin hopes to host an international garden exhibition in 2017. The city hopes that will attract 3.5 million tourists.
"It will make Berlin, which is already one of the greenest capitals in Europe, even greener," he added.