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When you are walking in the Monte Stella park, you can’t really imagine that you’re in a city, but in fact it is just a short distance from San Siro. An area of villas and avenues brings you to the park, a haven of peace, tranquillity and enjoyment.
The park covers an artificial hill, named “La Montagnetta” (little mountain) by the locals. In total the park covers an area of 311,160 square metres. It is a location where adults and children alike can enjoy themselves, and there are many recreation and games areas.
The hill was created in the years following the Second World War from the rubble from the air raid damage. Today, Monte Stella provides a cool, green habitat, and it offers an interesting view over the city. There are two alternative routes to the top of the hill, with curving paths running upwards amongst trees, terracing, bridges and benches.
Some of the trees in the park include: Acer platanoides (Norway maple), Acer pseudoplatanus (sycamore maple), Celtis (nettle tree), Ulmus (elm), Robinia pseudoacacia (false acacia), Carpinus betulus (hornbeam), Quercus rubra (northern red oak), Betula pendula (European birch), Acer saccharinum (silver maple), Populus nigra ‘Italica’ (European poplar), Tilia (lime), Acer negundo (maple ash), Aesculus (horse chestnut), Fagus sylvatica (beech), Populus (poplar), Picea abies (Norway spruce), Platanus (sycamore), Pinus nigra (black pine), Ailanthus altissima (ailanthus), Cedrus atlantica (atlas cedar), and Sophora japonica (locust tree).
The people of Milan usually refer to the park as simply the “Montagnetta De San Sir”.
According to a decision made by the Greppi committee, in 1948 the Bossi di Boldinasco quarry was filled with the rubble of the houses and factories destroyed in the bombardments of 1942 and 1943. On the 19th April 1956, the machinery finished unloading the rubble and the “Montagnetta De San Sir” was born and later named “Monte Stella” by the toponomy commission.
In 1976, some residents of Milan, with the support of Radio Meneghina and the permission of the council, asked authorisation from parks and gardens division to supply Monte Stella with already grown plants.
In 1979, they went ahead with the tree planting and “El Boschett del Ghino” or “Ghino Grove” was created. Every tree had a tag hanging from its lowest branch with a symbol of Ghino and the name of the person who had donated it. There were initially 486 contributors and over time they were joined by others. The name “Ghino” is an abbreviation of “Meneghino” and was given to Radio Meneghina, a promoter of the initiative.
Alongside the Park is the XXV April sports ground, with facilities for light athletics, tennis and bowls.
The park can be reached by Metro (MM1, QT8 and Lampugnano stations).