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Berlin - Templehof - Tempelhofer Feld - Kiteboard Landing

Post-airport usage

Tempelhof has been used since closing to host numerous fairs and events. The first major events included the BREAD & BUTTER fashion tradeshow in July and the Berlin Festival 2009 concert in August. It also hosts the Berlin Marathon fair in September, which is the main event preparation to runners. Fairs are held in the hangar. In September 2010, Tempelhof hosted the Popkomm, international world’s music and entertainment business meeting place and was one of the most important location of the first Berlin Music Week.

In August 2009, Berlin city officials announced that Tempelhof would be opened in May 2010 as a city park. The city will spend an estimated €60 million on developing the park from 2010 to 2017.

On the weekend of 8/9 May 2010, the outfield was festively opened as Berlin's largest public park named "Tempelhofer Feld". More than 200,000 Berliners visited the park to enjoy its wide open spaces for recreation ranging from biking and skating to baseball and kiting. The opening ceremonies were slightly marred by some protesters unhappy about the fence that closes off the park during the night. Entrance is free and park hours are from 6 a.m. until sunset. The grounds are maintained by Grün Berlin, a company that also looks after several other gated parks in Berlin. The Tempelhof fields will be used as a park indefinitely. This is manifested for instance by plans to host the 2017 IGA, Germany’s world horticultural exhibition.

About 80% of the former airfield was an important habitat for several redlisted birds, plants and insects. Usage of the park is restricted to limit disturbance of some of these habitats


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Taken on April 26, 2012