Leshan Park was first built in the 1980s, covering an area of 5600㎡ . After decades of subpar maintenance and negligence, the park could no longer meet the neighborhood’s demand for a functional and versatile public green space.
The newly renovated Leshan Park is located in the center of the community. During the early phases, the design team actively invited local residents to voice their opinions and suggestions because this park will eventually serve the whole community. Inspired by the Confucian teaching “the knowledgeable love waters, the benevolent love mountains” and the theme of “enjoying mountains”, the park becomes an open space that integrated many elements from Chinese garden design.
On the side of the park that borders Leshan Road lies the highlight of the park renovation project—an 80-meter-long veranda named the “Gallery of All Enjoyment”. The veranda provides room for multiple community activities and houses the park management office. It is designed to showcase the vitality of the neighborhood
The central area of the park now has become an open-air theater, decorated with a “source of all music” artificial fountain and engraved tiles. The idea is to create a space that is functional at any hour and useful to anybody. That’s why Leshan Park removed the original fences to create an open space. The design team also reduced the park in size slightly to widen the sidewalks. At the same time, trails were built inside the park so that pedestrians can take a shortcut and walk through the park. Fitness facilities, including new running tracks, were added to educate and encourage the locals to exercise more. The park is also designed to be child-friendly. There you have it, a pocket park accessible to everybody in the community. It has become a model community park in Xujiahui CBD.