The newly opened Park am Gleisdreieck breathed life into the expansive railway grounds that had been largely neglected for decades. The historical Yorckbrücken assumed a new role as a connecting element to the Flaschenhalspark, a public park to the south. The bridges made one of Berlin’s longest off-road mobility routes possible. The temporarily refurbished Bridge 10 currently serves as a pedestrian and cycle path over the busy Yorckstrasse.
The historical Yorckbrücken will be gradually renovated. Bridge 5 east of Bautzener Straße, which is the oldest of the group, was already renovated according to monument preservation regulations in 2012. The renovation measures for the many bridges involve complicated technical, logistical and heritage-related demands. Above all, achieving today’s safety standards – for cyclists, motorised vehicles and pedestrians – regularly poses new challenges to monument preservation authorities and urban planners. The process is being monitored by an interested and critically aware public, including the active involvement of local residents.
Today, the industrially shaped railway grounds have developed into a modern public park and a favourite location for Berlin residents of all ages.