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Parc de la Tête d'or

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Parc de la Tête d'or , in Lyon, is a large urban park in France with an area of approximately 117 hectares . Located in the 6th arrondissement, it features a lake on which boating takes place during the summer months. Due to the relatively small number of other parks in Lyon, it receives a huge number of visitors over summer, and is a frequent destination for joggers and cyclists. In the central part of the park, there is a small zoo, with giraffes, elephants, deer, reptiles, primates, and other animals. There are also sports facilities, such as a velodrome, boules court, mini-golf, horse riding, and a miniature train.
In 1530, the lands constituting the current park were the property of the Lambert family, and the location was already named "Parc de la Tête d'or". In 1662, an archival document referred to the area called Grange Lambert. The name "Tête d'or" was found from a legend saying that a treasure with a Christ's head could be buried in the park. The area was a flood zone composed of "lônes" of the Rhône and "brotteaux" . It remained like this until the park creation.


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