While the park provides a recreational area for visitors and claims to help treating the polluted water below the surface, the design faces practical limitations. The formerly open canal has been partially covered by a concrete platform and 30-year-old large leafy native trees cut down and replaced by smaller non-native species.
Smaller trees and more concrete leads to hotter temperatures. Meanwhile, there has been little improvement in water quality so far. Critics also point to a lack of genuine consultation saying local citizens were not fully engaged in decisions.
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