We have our rainbow back – well most of it!

von Mauerpark Redaktion am 30. July 2016

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It took refugees from Syria, Africa, America and Germany just one week to construct the first two elements of the Rainbow Playground.

The whole thing was made possible thanks to many donations and the professional input from SIK-Holz, the company that makes the play equipment.

Putting up the visible elements went really fast but it will take longer for the foundations to harden off (a couple of weeks).

Please be patient. You will soon be able to play on the swing and slide here. We are looking forward to it too.

We are continuing to collect donations so that we can reconstruct the entire rainbow. It still needs the slide, which is part of the eastern section and an ark – just in case there is a flood.

Please donate whatever you can and share the link with your friends.

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Work begins to rebuild the Rainbow playground

von Mauerpark Redaktion am 24. July 2016

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The children get first parts their playground back

Jens-Holger Kirchner, responsible for urban development with Pankow Council, the non-profit organisation Freunde des Mauerparks and SIK-Holzgestaltungs GmbH have found a solution that will make it possible to re-erect the Rainbow playground in Mauerpark before the end of July. The old playground was closed down in autumn 2015 for safety reasons and its rainbow dismantled. The foundations were suspected of being unstable.

What is special about the new situation is that two very different kinds of group will be involved. One of the groups is Rainbow-Projects.de, headed up by its co-founder Rolf Martin, who is a church minister in Lübeck. The other group consists of refugees, young men living in emergency accommodation in Malmöerstrasse. Everyone, including the Freunde des Mauerparks, will be giving their time voluntarily to replace the swing in the middle of the rainbow and the small circular element of the playground.

The Rainbow playgrounds are important as a symbol of reconciliation and there are many of them in different post-conflict countries around the world. The first was constructed in Soweto in 1998; “our” rainbow in Mauerpark was added in 1999 and stands where the Wall divided the boroughs of Pankow and Wedding in the former East and West Berlin.

It has been possible to start re-creating the Rainbow playground because the Freunde des Mauerparks ran a successful campaign and raised sufficient funds and because SIK-Holzgestaltung is going to do the work free of charge.

We need more funds to be able to fully recreate the lovely Rainbow playground so that the children can play there again in 2017.

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Building work is scheduled to start on Monday, 25 July at 11:00 am
Venue: The empty playground site beside the birch grove

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Fundraiser for the New Rainbow Has Begun

von Mauerpark Redaktion am 12. June 2016

Since the autumn of 2015 we have marveled at the ruins of Mauerpark’s rainbow playground, and we have recounted extensively the circumstances of how this special symbol of the Park came to be dismantled.

However, we have channeled the initial outrage over the playground’s destruction into our initiative to turn the end of the old rainbow into the beginning of a new one. Together with the project coordinators, the Parks Department, and the Citizen’s Workshop, we have advanced a plan for a new rainbow in Mauerpark.

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The concept for the new rainbow playground is finished, and the start of construction is almost within our reach.

Now we need your support. Every rainbow has a pot of gold—usually at the end. However, in Mauerpark, the pot of gold is at the beginning. Our pot needs filling, and everyone can participate.

Only through your donations is the construction of the rainbow playground possible. Please put a gold coin, a dollar, or a euro in the pot, and help Mauerpark’s dream of a rainbow come true once again.

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Fête de la Musique 2016 in Mauerpark

von Mauerpark Redaktion am 20. June 2016

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At the “Fête de la Musique” on 21.6.2016, people from all over Berlin will be dancing and singing, and naturally everything in the Park will revolve around music for the day.

Program of the “Red Bull Music Academy Stage” (16:00 – 22:00):

In addition to the performances on the large commercial stage across from the amphitheater, there will also be smaller, spontaneous concerts throughout the Park.

More information about the event program and the festival rules can be found at: www.fetedelamusique.de

 

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13th Walpurgis Night in Mauerpark (2016)

von Mauerpark Redaktion am 29. April 2016

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For the last 13 years, the organisation Liebet Eure Feinde (Love your Enemy) – with the support of Freunde des Mauerparks e.V., the local authority, numerous artists and residents – have worked to make a Walpurgis Night celebration that is creative and peaceful.

The slogan for the celebrations is quite simple: come and join in!

The following artists and projects are supporting us: Peter & PatTeam-FoxFire CirclesDub der Guten HoffnungJohanna Zeul12 VoltThe OneWoman Company, u.v.m.

Film by Denis Martens – Walpurgisnacht 2013

The police and local authority have given us permission for a supervised fire. Please treat the fire and the fire artists with respect and keep a safe distance. No other fires are allowed to prevent damage to the park’s grass, which is already under stress.

At 7.00 pm we will express our hopes and wishes for peace in the form an interfaith prayer. Everyone of any faith is welcome to join in.

Our celebrations will end at midnight. After 1.00 am, please spare a thought for the people who live near the park and would like to get a good night’s sleep!

We look forward to enjoying a peaceful Walpurgis celebration with you.

Further information at: Mauerpark & Walpurgisnacht

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Take part in Mauerpark’s Friedvollen Walpurgisnacht!

von Mauerpark Redaktion am 20. March 2016

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On 30th of April we will have a colorful and peaceful Dance into May at Mauerpark, with a bonfire, fire artistry and lots of music.

You’re a witch, fire artists, musicians or you have a band? Then be creative and be part of a diverse community to celebrate this special night!

Prep Meeting:
08.04.2016, 18.00 at Mauersegler
28.04.2016, 18.00 at Mauersegler

For more information check our Facebook-Pages:
facebook.com/friedvolle.walpurgisnacht
facebook.com/mauerpark.berlin

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Celebrating New Year’s Eve in the Mauerpark

von Mauerpark Redaktion am 31. December 2015

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2015 was a turbulent year for the Mauerpark and 2016 will no doubt also have a few surprises in store.

We have just one request to everyone who is thinking of coming to the Mauerpark to see in the New Year:

Please spare a thought for the wildlife in the park and celebrate without bangers and rockets. A lot of animals live in the Mauerpark and the noise, smoke and flashes of fireworks are terrifying for them. The park is one of the very few safe places for them to seek refuge in the city. Please don’t destroy that for them.

And think of your fellow human beings too! They are not an appropriate target for home-made rockets or bangers. Have a great party and enjoy yourselves but please do not overestimate your skills in handling the fireworks. Remember they can cause serious injury – to you and others.

Please don’t litter the park. Take your empty packaging, bottles and glasses home with you.

Our motto for 2016 remains the same: Respect for one another and commitment to taking care of this precious open space in our city.
The Friends of the Mauerpark wish you fun on New Year’s Eve and all the best for 2016!

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Informational Meeting: Water Storage Tunnel

von Mauerpark Redaktion am 27. August 2015

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District Councillor for Urban Development Jens-Holger Kirchner (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen), the Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment, Berlin Water Works, and the Gleim Neighborhood Civic Association will be hosting an informational session on the current status of the planned construction of a water storage tunnel beneath Mauerpark.

At the event, the Water Works will present residents, park users, and business owners with a report on its transportation assessment and a detailed design of the planned construction.

All interested parties are welcome.

When: Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 7 pm
Where: Gleim Neighborhood Center (Kieztreff Gleimviertel), Kopenhagener Straße 50, 10437 Berlin

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