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Entering the street of La Mineria, which is the main access of the park, a wide and majestic perspective opens, with large trees and palm trees. A winding path with a small pond on one side leads to a large cobbled square, in the center of which is a very narrow channel through which water flows from a pyramid converted into an original ornamental fountain. It is located at a higher level, in a small square with benches that receive the shade of the date palm trees and adorned by the red color of the numerous red plums (Prunus cerasifera "Atropurpurea").

The heart of Can Sabaté

The monumental plaza that extends at the foot of the pyramid is wide and luminous in contrast to the shadow that reigns around it. In fact, everything revolves around this square, slightly sunken, with stone benches accompanied by the greenery of laurels. The canal, about 50 m long, that crosses the space from end to end ends its route in a small pool framed by eight columns cut that serve as a pergola.

In a part of the great square, a small walk full of longings separates the great open and sunny space of children's play areas, collected and surrounded by vegetable hedges. There are benches and fountains under the protective shade of evergreen trees.

The shaded garden stretches, elongated, across the square, with sinuous surrounding flower beds roads of sablon that lead to the other end of the gardens. Here, behind the colonnade, the sun gives way to a space where the light enters filtered by the tops of the trees and the palm trees that rise in the middle of beds covered with ivy and surrounded by vegetable hedges. In this area is the other access of the gardens, which connects with the street of the Mare de Déu del Port. of the Mare de Déu del Port.

In this park we also find fruit trees, such as the "caquilero" (Diospyros kaki); fan palm trees (Washingtonia filifera), date palm trees (Phoenix dactylifetra) and Canary Islands palm trees (Phoenix canariensis); aromatic plants such as rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) and sage (Salvia officinalis), and shrubs such as laurel (Laurus nobilis) and green leafy aligustres (Ligustrum lucidum 'Variegatum'). In the darkest area, ivy (Hedera helix) covers the flower beds.

Art and architecture

In the park as a whole, the pyramid-fountain becomes art. Work of the same architects who designed this green space - Imam Jansana, Neus Solé and Daniel Navas -, is of green marble and brass and has a height of 2.40 m.

This space is located in the land formerly occupied by the factory "Industrias Metalúrgicas" and in its current use as a public green space have much to do with the neighborhood mobilizations of the late seventies, with the newly released democracy. Thus, the neighbors of the neighborhood of the Port claimed that the old factory did not only give way to blocks of flats. In 1980, the property, the Town Hall and the Neighborhood Association of the Port district reached an agreement that made possible the construction of the park, which bears the name of the owner of the factory: Gerard Sabaté.

However, the story does not end here. Jaume Fabre and Josep M. Huertas explain in "Art Public" that, when the factory, which had been owned by the industrialist Josep Antoni Barrette, was demolished, a dozen subterranean corridors were discovered and petroleum had become petrified. Barret was assassinated in January 1918 by a platoon paid by the Germans who would want to do away with the one that supplied arms to the French during World War I.

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Can Park Sabate

Entering from the street of Mining, which is the main entrance of the park, it opens the eyes of the visitor to broad and majestic, with large trees and palms. A winding road with a small pond on one side leads to a large cobbled square, in whose center is a narrow channel through which circulates the water that comes from a pyramid turned into an original ornamental fountain. It is located at a higher level, in a small square with benches which are shaded by date palms and adorned by the red color of many red plums (Prunus cerasifera "atropurpurea").

The heart of Can Sabate

The monumental square that extends to the foot of the pyramid is wide and bright in contrast to the shadow which prevails around. In fact, everything revolves around this square, slightly sunken, with stone benches accompanied by the green of the laurels. The channel, about 50 m long, which spans the space from end to end ends at a small pool framed by eight columns that serves as pergola cut.

In one part of the large square, a short walk separates full of large open and sunny children's play areas, surrounded by hedges collected and vegetables. There are benches and fountains under the protective shade of evergreens.

The shady garden

It extends elongated, on the other side of the square, with flowerbeds surrounding crushed gravel winding roads that lead to the other end of the gardens. Here, behind the colonnade, the sun gives way to a space where the light comes through the treetops and palm trees rising amid ivy-covered beds and hedges surrounded by vegetables. In this area there is the other gate of the gardens, which communicates with the street of the Mare of Deu del Port. of the Virgin of the Port.

The park also finds fruit, as the caiman (Diospyros kaki) fan palm (Washingtonia filifera), date palms (Phoenix dactylifetra) and Canary Island date palms (Phoenix canariensis) herbs such as rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) and sage officinalis), and shrubs such as laurel (Laurus nobilis) and green leaf privet (Ligustrum lucidum 'variegatum'). In the whole park, the pyramid-source becomes art.

In the whole park, the pyramid-source becomes art. Work of the same architects who designed this green space-Imma Jansana, Neus and Daniel Navas-Solé is green marble and brass and has a height of 2.40 m.

This space is located on the land formerly occupied by the factory "Metal Industries" and its current use as a public space has much of the neighborhood mobilizations of the late seventies, with the fledgling democracy. Thus, the neighbors of the old Port factory claimed not only to give way to tower blocks. In 1980, the property, the City and the Association of Residents of the neighborhood of Port reached an agreement that made possible the construction of the park, which is named after the factory owner: Gerard Sabate.

the story does not end here Jaume Fabre and Josep M. Huertas explained in "Public Art" that when he fell down the factory, which had been owned by the industrialist Josep Antoni Barret, were discovered a dozen oil underground corridors and had been petrified. Barrett was murdered in January 1918 by a German pay platoon who would like to end with French weapons during the First World War.

  • Adam Floyd