Shanghai will have more than 150 pocket parks by next year, the city’s greenery authorities announced on Tuesday.
These small open greenery spaces along city streets, commercial blocks or residential complexes provide a place for residents to enjoy a rest or take a stroll.
The city had 91 such parks by the end of last year, according to the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau.
Among them, the magnolia garden in Huangpu District has introduced nearly 20 varieties of new magnolia plants in its recent renovation, while landscapes of the Baoshan Senyuan Garden in Baoshan District are connected by stone paths and there is a rainwater collection landscape belt, the bureau said.
The target is to make the city’s forest coverage reach 18 percent by 2020, and the average per capita park greenery space 8.5 square meters.