The park known as Zoo Park is a city park that was built for strolling. The name is derived from the animal park (Zoo) that existed here until the bombing raids in 1943, which was fully destroyed along with the zoo district. The zoo was of importance in the 20's and 30's as the excitment for natural sciences grew and at the time it was considered modern to educate oneself about botany and zoology. After the second world war, the zoo was never rebuilt, however, the city built an Aquazoo in the North Park, and the green area here was preserved.
Today, the Zoopark is a large green space that offers a significant amount of park space within the zoo district. Situated between Brehmstrasse, Graf-Recke-Strasse and Faunastrasse, Mathildenstrasse, and Grunerstrasse, the park today offers the citizens of Düsseldorf a place to relax, picnic, enjoy sports and movement with a variety of paths and green spaces.
The park features two playgrounds, one near Grunerstrasse and the other near Mathildenstrasse. The Grunderstrasse playground offers a slide, climbing pyramid, and a spinner, and is located near a fairly newly built soccer and basketball court that is completely fenced in with a rubberized surface. Next to these, you'll find several ping pong tables. Between the ball court and the playground is a calisthenics training area allowing you to utilize your body weight.
The playground on Mathildenstrasse is split into two playground areas, one for younger children and toddlers and the other for school children. The second one is also a water playground featuring a water pump and during warmer summer months there is a water play area with a water fountain that shoots water streams. Bring a pair of changing clothes.
The park itself has a large man-made pond, and there are numerous green areas, benches, and places to sit that offer an ideal environment for a picnic, or a couple of hours of family time in combination with perhaps a playground.