If you’re on the lookout for somewhere to practice outdoor sports, in close contact with nature, then Parco Forlanini near Linate airport is the perfect place for you. Inaugurated in 1970, it is dedicated to the inventor and aeronautical pioneer Enrico Forlanini.
The large green area is well laid out with large agricultural spaces, tree-lined asphalted paths and broad expanses of meadows. Laghetto Salesina to the north-east is a tranquil lake surrounded by abundant vegetation providing a natural habitat for birds and fish.
The creation of the park ensured the survival of the Codovero Mill and some other historic farmsteads.
Running enthusiasts can enjoy three routes that are almost 6,2 km long in total (the first is 1,3 the second 2,9 e the third 2 km - downloadable map).
Cycling and rollerblading are also permitted at limited speed along all the paths and there is also a petanque court and a soccer field.
The Polisportivo Saino Leisure centre, in the immediate vicinity of the park with entrance from via Corelli, is one of MILANOSPORT’s most well-equipped sports centres and is used by many amateur city clubs.
Thanks to the extensive amenities and a 160,000m2 extension, the Centre can host all kinds of activities: from athletics to swimming, fitness, tennis, football, rugby, baseball and rollerblading.
NOT TO BE MISSED
There are still eleven remaining ancient farmhouses in the park including Cascina Cavriano which is well worth a visit to admire the dove and olive branch fresco, symbol of the Ospedale Maggiore. The Cascina Sant’Ambrogio still conserves the apse structure of a small 14th century church.
In 2002, the “bosco dei faggi” (beech forest) memorial was dedicated to the 118 victims of the Linate air disaster which occurred in October 2001. The “Dolore infinito” (Infinite Pain) granite block sculpture by the Swedish artist Christer Bording is placed in the centre.