The “Ausa Park” contains in its denomination the history of an important presence now disappeared, in the territory on which it insists, that of the torrent from whose buried bed the park originated. A river that since ancient times has left traces in the history of Rimini, determining its urban form, progressively changing the economy and the lifestyles of its inhabitants to mark places and stories that have intertwined with it as following the Arianna thread.
The Ausa rises to 400 meters above sea level from the clayey calanques present in the first hill spurs of the Republic of San Marino in Ventoso, in the Castle of Borgo Maggiore. The torrent Aprusa, so called by the Romans, outlined the part of the border to the south (eastern for the Romans), of the colony. Even in the Middle Ages, the Ausa represented the limit (“oriental”) of the city to protect which, along its course, were erected, in the Malatesta era, new bastions still visible in their almost totality. During the middle of the last century, the torrent, near the Rimini Sud motorway tollbooth, was diverted with the creation of cemented banks that flanked the hill of Covignano, merged the waters into those of the Marecchia, immediately upstream of the Park XXV April. On the old course, now completed, which flowed into the sea at Piazzale Kennedy, a system of public green spaces was created, including the parks: Maria Elisabetta Renzi, Maria Callas, Alcide Cervi, Olga Bondi and Fabbri. They are all characterized by a rich and luxuriant vegetation on English lawns, and connected, in all their length, by a cycle path that, starting from the quarry area, through over and underpasses, allows the arrival without interruption, to the sea .
The expressed values of the Ausa Park
The area is a green lung within the city of undoubted natural value and important for the health of the environment and citizens. It is also a gathering place for the children’s playground and benches and lends itself to numerous sports and recreational activities (jogging, cross-country races, cycling). In 2009, in the southern part of the park, a health course was completed, about 2 km long, equipped with numerous exercise equipment and various staging posts to use them. During the summer it is used for rural and folk festivals.
The Alcide Cervi park is a public park in Rimini, which connects Via Roma with the city center (Arco d’Augusto).
Inside there is a monument, by Elio Morri, dedicated to the partisan resistance, of which Rimini is honorary city having received the gold medal award.
Olga Bondi Park: dedicated to Olga Bondi, a young Riminese victim of fascism. It is a continuation of the Alcide Cervi Park.
Fabbri Park: takes its name from the ancient Fornace Fabbri, located near the park. It is located between the Olga Bondi Park and the Ghirlandetta Park.
John Paul II Park: John Paul II Park is one of the largest parks in the city. The park surrounds a large body of artificial water, built on land previously occupied by a clay quarry and a large brick factory (the Fornace Fabbri).