We survive the chaos and the prolonged summer heat waves with the help boutique parks (a term I will use for small, charm-filled parks) situated all over the city.
One of them is Ioanid (Ion Voicu) park, a green oasis in downtown Bucharest. It’s somehow isolated, with no streets around it, only the 3 entrance alleys. The rest are backyards that shield it from noise and dust. It’s rich in trees, grass and flowers while being smartly designed with a beautiful fountain, a pavilion – used for outdoor concerts -, and even a small waterfall.
The park is delightful during the day because it’s cool despite being only 0.6 ha. At night, it shines from the well-lit walking areas, while being also a safe space – most of the buildings surrounding it are well-guarded foreign embassies. Also, it’s worth noting that most parks are opened 24/7.
Ioanid Park has a plentiful history, connected with two Romanian personalities: Gheorghe Ioanid and Ion Voicu. Around 1800 it was a swampy park where people went with their families, until 1856, when the land was bought by Gheorghe Ioanid (a librarian, the first book editor in Bucharest) and landscaped with 26 species of trees and vegetable plots, making it an exotic garden. Since 2003, it was renamed as Ion Voicu Park after a Romanian musician, a student of George Enescu).
Ion Voicu Park is a legacy that arrowed through history, while never being as needed and relevant as it is during our times.