If you are on the lookout for the right place 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 Enrico Forlanini, famous for his pioneering aeronautical work.
The large green area is well laid out with large agricultural spaces, tree-lined paved paths and broad expanses of meadows. Laghetto Salesina to the north-east is a peaceful little 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 add up to 6,2 km (the first is 1,3 km the second 2,9 km and the third 2 km - downloadable map).
Cycling and rollerblading are also permitted at limited speed along all the paths. A petanque court and a soccer field are available.
The Polisportivo Saino Leisure Centre, in the immediate vicinity of the park (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 many facilities and a 160,000 sqm extension, the Centre can host all kinds of activities: from athletics to swimming, fitness, tennis, football, rugby, baseball and rollerblading.
NOT TO BE MISSED
Eleven ancient farmhouses remain 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 wood) memorial was dedicated to the 118 victims of the Linate air disaster of October 8th, 2001. The Dolore infinito (Infinite Pain) granite sculpture by Swedish artist Christer Bording is placed at its centre.