On 28th February 2005, the Municipal Council established Parco dell'Adige as "a protected area of local interest", on a municipal and state estate of almost 2 million square meters.
The establishment of Adige Park is one of the 19 projects scheduled by the strategic plan "Verona 2020". Among the aims of this project there is a joint management of the green areas, as well as the enlargement of the urban parks of the town belt, as established by the new country planning (Piano di assetto del territorio - PAT).
The main aims of Adige Park are the following:
The area of Adige Park
includes the river stretch in the northern and southern sections of the
town, which are linked by itineraries running along the river: from the
dam of Chievo to the areas of Boschetto, Giarol Grande, and Bosco Buri.
Such itinerary will connect the historical town center with the green
system of Parco delle Mura.
The northern section of the Park starts in the public area of Saval, stretches along the bend of the river Adige and includes the area of the former American school, Corte Saval, Corte Molon, and Corte Lendinara, covering a total of 439,350 square meters.
The southern section includes over 1 million and 400 thousand square meters and goes from location Boschetto to the municipal agricultural estate of Giarol Grande, including the island of Pestrino, Lazzaretto Sammicheliano, and the Public Park Bernini Buri.
The municipal estate within the Park mainly consists of agricultural lands which can be crossed on foot or by bike.
In spring 2005, 1,500 trees were planted (Common Oak, European Alder,
Field Elm) in the area called "Fondo Giarol Grande", situated in the
southern section of Adige Park. The choice of the
plants reflects the vegetation which characterized the Po Plain in the
past, the so-called plain woodland. The aim of the project is to
recreate the original natural environment and to recover the ecological
corridors that have been by now fragmented by agricultural exploitation
and the growing urbanization of the outskirts.
The forestation work was completed at the end of the autumn with 15,500 plants.
The whole area, covering about 400,000 square meters, is interested by the preliminary project of the Environmental Department aimed at enhancing and improving the public use of the Park. In particular, bicycle and pedestrian paths linking the areas of Porto S. Pancrazio and S. Michele, with a footbridge over the stream Pantena, will soon be created.