A disused quarry, an impounded construction site, garbage everywhere, and a mass of gigantic stone cubes in the shape of a monk pyramid totally abandoned.
What many call 'The park that is not there', or 'park of oblivion' in the heart of the eastern quadrant of Rome, today is nothing more than an open-air landfill that extends for hectares and hectares from via di Portonaccio to in Viale Palmiro Togliatti and beyond.
Between one landfill and the next, illegally cultivated gardens sprout, morphological instability, and who knows how much else submerged by the wild vegetation that has slowly regained possession of the places after the closure of the Tav Rome-Naples construction site.
Under this green area, in fact, there is a tunnel crossed by Frecciarossa and by Italo leaving and entering the capital.
The attention on the conditions of the area emerged during the first day of direct exploration of 'Negentropia, taking care of the wild in East Rome', a scientific and cultural dissemination project promoted by the Stalker / NoWorking association, of Rome, in collaboration, among others, the Parco delle Energie Territorial Forum, the Roma Tre Department of Architecture and part of the Eureka program!
Roma2019 promoted by Roma Capitale and realized in collaboration with Siae.
This territory is very rich in history and archeology, large Roman necropolises, remains of ancient Collatina, the Vergine aqueduct and much more.There is the only natural lake in Rome, the so-called ex Snia lake, there is the Pasolini park and above all there is a very high population density combined with very high levels of smog and urban pollution.
And in reality, what you notice when walking through the 'park that isn't there', not without difficulty and a spirit of adventure, are endless open-air landfills, abandoned and / or seized sites and quarries, orchards cultivated by more or less abusive or spontaneous pensioners (as some prefer to say), morphological instability, and who knows how much more submerged by the wild vegetation that has slowly regained possession of the places.