Nova Icària Park is one of the green spaces built in 1992 around the Barcelona Olympic Games. Large wooden bridges connect Vila Olímpica, once the Olympic Village, to the beaches, while gentle grass slopes with irises, elderberries and Chinese weeping willows go down to a lake whose outline is modelled after the mythical island of Icaria.
Parc de la Nova Icària has a truly Olympian entrance: Plaça dels Campions. This is a rectangular, slightly raised square which is reached via a ramp. It was paved with plaques dedicated to the 1992 Olympic champions and the outstanding sports figures of all time, but the plaques had to be removed and stored in a safe place after they began to “disappear”.
Parc de la Nova Icària is one of five large, green parks that were built on Poblenou’s old industrial land at the start of the 1990s. The others are Parc de les Cascades, Parc del Port Olímpic, Parc del Poblenou and Parc de Carles I.
Barcelona reclaimed that land and allocated part of it to creating new, public green spaces: the “Parcs del Litoral” (Coastal Parks). This initiative was part of a major urban facelift of the city’s coastline for the 1992 Olympic Games.
Along the paths that skirt Plaça dels Campions there are mulberries (Morus alba), Aleppo pines, (Pinus halepensis), stone pines (Pinus pinea) and dwarf palms (Chamaerops humilis) . Other specimens include ombu trees (Phytolacca dioica), a few olive trees (Olea europaea) and eucalyptuses (Eucalyptus sp.) A few Chinese weeping willows (Salix babylonica) and a large poplar (Populus sp.) stand out by the lake. There are some tall, elegant dwarf palms (Washingtonia robusta) and petticoat palms Washingtonia filifera) in the park too.
Between the Ronda del Litoral (coastal ring road) and the beaches, you will find some broad expanses of grass over what are little more than a hint of hills that turn into an immense solarium on Sundays.
Art and Architecture
The wooden bridges are attractive light structures and perfectly integrated into the landscape, giving the latter personality.
The silhouette of the Greek island of Icaria, after which the park is named, and the shape of its coast is depicted along the bank of the large lake which extends from the middle of the park up to and beyond Carrer de Jaume Vicens i Vives. The gentle slopes of the grassy hills, the main features of the vegetation in this green space, end by the water.
- Jaume Vicens i Vives, 1
- Sant Martí
- la Vila Olímpica del Poblenou
- Public center
- Jaume Vicens i Vives, 1