The Jincheng River Park is 12 kilometers long and is 500 meters wide on both sides of the Dan River in Jincheng. The Dan River is polluted by the coal mining industry. The project involves developing a strategy for cleaning the river water and riverbed as well as design the park along the river to enhance the cultural, historical and recreational value of this area. The river is also an important migration area for birds, and aviary terminology has become the inspiration for the design.
The design changes character, from a natural wetland in the north to an urban city park with urban farming in the middle and a very fragile ecological zone that is not accessible in the south. Unique gardens are spread throughout the park, planted with indigenous species. There is an Anemone garden, a Fern garden and even a garden which refers to the coal mines and engraved stones which are unique for this region.
The form of the river has been adjusted to create more diverse spaces throughout the park. One area contains natural islands, another area is designed with straight river banks and yet another contains the existing waterfalls. The river bed is widened so that the river can hold more water. There are also dams proposed which will hold water in some areas even in the dry summer months.
The strategy for purifying the water is carried out in a number of steps. First, the rivers upstream will be cleaned, followed by the river beds and the banks. Then the existing river will be widened and islands will be created in order to reduce the drop so the polluted particles can sink easier. After this is completed, the banks will be planted to prevent erosion and pollution. Sediment traps will be constructed to sink the polluted particles. The large, partially existing wetlands in the middle is the last step in the water purification process so that the water is clean enough to swim in.
The path system enhances the different characters within the park: wooden paths in the wetlands, a wooden boardwalk in the urban park and narrow wooden paths in the south. All the villages in the surroundings are connected to the river in the form of a boardwalk, a fishing pier or a swimming pier. Corten steel is used for the totem poles along the paths which indicate cultural and historical aspects of the area. The buildings and play equipment in the park will also have a natural character. There are bird facilities integrated into the park, including nests in the north, unique nests in the trees of the urban area and walls of loam and sand which form caves in the south.
Programmed activities can be found throughout the park. There are natural playgrounds in the north and urban farming and restaurants in the urban area. The special coal mine and engraving garden will be a highlight, as well as the lake for swimming and boating in the south. The meadows along the lake will also contain scale-shaped barbecues for small gatherings.