Since it first opened as the Gimpo Purification Plant in 1959, it has opened as a park fifty years later after the plant’s conversion to a rest area for citizens
The Seoseoul Lake Park, which opened in October 2009, is an environmentally-friendly park built under the theme of ‘water’ and ‘recycling’ through the park development project of the old Sinwol Water Purification Plant located in Sinwol-dong, Yangcheon-gu. Since it first opened as the Gimpo Purification Plant in 1959, it has opened as a park fifty years later after the plant’s conversion to a rest area for citizens. The Gimpo Purification Plant played the important role of supplying an average of 120,000 tons of tap water every day, after the Seoul Metropolitan Government took charge of it in 1979. However, in October 2003, it stopped operation in accordance with the ‘Seoul’s Renewal Plan for Purification Plants’. Afterwards, various development plans were considered, including the establishment of a youth town for young people, rental houses, an English experience village, etc., but in the end, it was decided that a park was the best option to resolve the regional imbalance in Seoul around 2006 and to revitalize the region by creating a representative theme park in the southwestern area. In addition, the forest of Neunggolsan(Mt.), which acts as the boundary between Seoul and Bucheon, was restored, and the mountain trails were repaired to be included in the park. As a result, it has become the largest theme park in the southwestern area, with a total area of 225,368㎡ - a scale that is similar to that of Yeouido Park and Yangjae Citizen’s Forest.