In one of our previous articles, we described in detail how the Otdih I Kultura Nature Park, often called the "lungs" of Plovdiv, was formed. Its actual construction started in the spring of 1960. Then the roads to the park were formed, and 4 years later the terrain of the former State Nursery (the Rosarium is now there) was added to its area. The grandiose plan for a park of nations provided for the planting of exotic plants from different continents. The first parts were formed. The projects from the 1970s also provided for the construction of a summer theater, a Thracian village, an old Bulgarian fortress, a Ferris wheel, a dolphinarium, a summer reading room, and a summer disco. For all this, however, there wasn’t enough funding and it was only in 1975 that there was talk of a new unique object.
In March of the same year, the construction of a huge rosarium began on the grounds of the former State Nursery, with the intention of planting more than 700,000 roses there. Unfortunately, the money wasn’t enough again and everything got bogged down in bureaucratic changes and one department after the other.
For a long time after that, the area was covered in weeds and bushes and impassable even for a walk, until in 2017 it was announced that the park would be renovated to become the greenest area of Zapaden Region. A volleyball court with a natural grass surface, 5 gazebos for rest, 2 barbecues, 10 wooden tables with benches that can be used for picnics were built on the site.
The dog run has also been renovated and there are parking spaces at the entrance to the park. These are also available along Shesti Septemvri Blvd after the sports school.
To date, Rosarium Park is preferred in the neighborhood, as it is much quieter than the Rowing Base, which, especially on weekends, is full of people. A variety of play equipment for children of different ages is available to visitors. The paths through the forest are especially pleasant for urban tourism in the warmer months, and birds will chirp at your footsteps. It's not as big as Lauta, but it's a lovely corner and certainly has its place among the parks of the city under the hills.
The whole surroundings make you feel as if you are not in the second largest city in Bulgaria and are an excellent opportunity for outdoor games, picnics, sports and walks, and it remains for the people of Plovdiv and the guests of the city to enjoy it and preserve it.