The green space available in Bilbao is about 7 square metres per resident. Recent national surveys on quality standards reveal that the village has outstanding, "perfectly clean" sports areas. Indeed, Bilbao's gardens have been regarded as the best of all green spaces in the cities surveyed.
Opening hours: all the parks in the village are open 24 hours a day.
Doņa Casilda Park:
With a long history of almost 100 years now (its construction started in 1907), Doña Casilda Park is the main park in town. It was designed in Romantic style by the architect Ricardo Bastida and the engineer Juan de Eguiraun. From its early days on, it has been renewed and embellished, preserving the charm coming from its wonderful pond full of ducks and its typical biscuit sellers, a indelible scenery in the mind of every Bilbao dweller. Recently, the park's infrastructure has been improved and extended to include a classical merry-go-round, two basketball pitches, a dancing water s fountain, a stage for live performances (called La Pérgola , or "pavilion"), and the Fine Arts Museum café, whose terrace looks onto the park, now being extended to reach the refurbished Abandoibarra area.
85,200 square metres/ m2.
Among the trees planted in the park we can find magnolia and plane trees. Beautiful flowers, such as the inconspicuous flowers of the Nissa sylvatica, beautiful magnolias, and flowers growing in Japanese pagoda trees, adorn the park.
There is a sculpture honouring Tonetti the clown, created by Eduardo Chillida; there is also a figure representing Casilda de Iturrizar y Urquijo, and a monumental fountain designed by Aureliano Valle.