Prince Badr opens park in Riyadh, named after German engineer
Bödeker, who died at the age of 82 in 2019, had been in charge of several projects, including public parks, in Riyadh
The minister of culture and chairman of the Board of Directors of the Diplomatic Quarter General Authority (DQGA), Prince Badr Bin Abdullah Bin Farhan opened a park named after late German engineer Richard Bödeker in Riyadh's Diplomatic Quarter, Saudi Gazette reported.
Present at the ceremony were Bödeker’s family and German ambassador Jorg Ranau. The ceremony was held to honour the architect’s 46-year-long contributions in the field of urban planning and landscape engineering in the Kingdom, particularly in the Diplomatic Quarter in Riyadh.
Previously, the DQGA named Stone Park, one of the largest parks in the Diplomatic Quarter, as Richard Bödeker Park, following the directive of Prince Badr.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Prince Badr welcomed the Bödeker's family, and said: “We gather here today to appreciate the efforts of a late engineer, who contributed to urban planning as well as to the development of dry areas and the engineering of green spaces for 46 years in the Riyadh region, especially in the Diplomatic Quarter neighborhood of which he loved and offered a lot of dedicated work," according to the report by Saudi Gazette.
“This is one of the parks for which he [Bödeker] worked as well as for many other parks and sites in the capital city, especially in the Diplomatic Quarter. We also appreciate the efforts of everyone for their work and experiences in mixing local culture with the global one in one place,” he added.
Bödeker died at the age of 82 in 2019. He had been in charge of several prominent projects in Riyadh, the most notable being the coordination of public parks in the capital, such as the Diplomatic Quarter and gardens surrounding the King Abdulaziz Historical Center and the National Museum.