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Tadeusz Kościuszko Park is the largest park in Katowice. It was created in 1888 and it is the most popular recreational place in the city. Kosciuszko Park resembles the English-style parks. It offers many attractions. One of them is a parachute tower, which was a central place of dramatic events of the beggining of WWII. In September, 4, 1939, the group of Polish scouts took a desperate attempt to defence Katowice centre before the German attack. There is also located a cemetery of Soviet soldiers who were killed during Katowice liberation in 1945. On the highest hill of Kosciuszko Park, there is located a wooden church of St, Michael Archangel. The church structure was moved here from Rybnicka Land in 1510. The church lies on the Wooden Architecture Route. Moreover, the Gallery of Outdoor Sculpture is also located in Kosciuczko Park.
Morckowskie Forests are one of the evidences that Katowice city is something more than industry, concrete, chimney and polluted air. The reserve of Las Murckowski was established in 1953 and has protected the part of the mixed forest. In 1989, the reserve was extended. In the park, there can be found many species of plants. The most valuable are 150-220-years-old trees. A floristic reserve of Ochojecis located there. In the area of Murckowsie Forests, there is a popular recreational area of Dolina Trzech Stawów (The Valley of Three Ponds).
Dolina Trzech Stawów is located in close vicinity to the centre of Katowice. There are several bodies of water which offer recreational infrastructure: marina, water equipment rental, parking and a camping spot. There are also special cycling tracks and trekking paths. The area of the park is perfect for fishing.

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