Cities: Skylines Ziggurat Garden Unlock Guide

The Ziggurat Garden in Cities: Skylines
Ziggurat Garden
Building Type Unique Building
DLC Green Cities
Level/Category 5
Build Cost ₡120,000
Upkeep Cost ₡320/week
Milestone Required Big Town
Entertainment Value 140
Noise Pollution 40
Visitor Capacity 340

The Ziggurat Garden is a level 3 unique building available in the Cities: Skylines Green Cities DLC. To unlock it, you need to have 30 instances of parks and plazas in your city. You’ll also need to reach the Big Town milestone (1,800 to 7,500 population, depending on the map).

After fulfilling these requirements, you’ll be able to build the Official Park from the level 5 tab of the Unique Buildings menu.

Until then, you can hover over the silhouette to see your progress towards unlocking it. / Cities: Skylines
Until then, you can hover over the silhouette to see your progress towards unlocking it.

The Official Park is one of the requirements for the Ultimate Recycling Plant monument, which is also only available in Green Cities.

Building Parks and Plazas

Below are the non-workshop parks and plazas you can build.

All Parks

You’ll find these in the Parks tab of the Parks & Plazas menu. / Cities: Skylines
You’ll find these in the Parks tab of the Parks & Plazas menu.
Building Build Cost (₡)
Small Park 1,000
Small Playground 1,250
Japanese Garden 2,500
Carousel Park 3,500
Bouncy Castle Park 4,000
Dog Park 5,000
Park With Trees 5,000
Tropical Garden 6,500
Large Playground 7,500
Fishing Island 9,000
Botanical Garden 15,000
Floating Cafe 25,000

All Plazas

You’ll find these in the Plazas tab. / Cities: Skylines
You’ll find these in the Plazas tab.
Building Build Cost (₡)
Plaza with Trees 2,500
Plaza with Picnic Tables 15,000
Paradox Plaza* 1,000
*The Paradox Plaza is obtained by creating a Paradox account.

Making Good Use of Your Parks and Plazas

It’s always a good idea to provide your city with plenty of access to parks and plazas, as they are a major factor in increasing land value.

Here are tips for making the most of the 30 parks and plazas you have by the end of this unlock.

Tip #1: Place Them Near Residential Zones

You’ll want most of your parks and plazas right in the middle of your residential zones, since that’s where they’ll have the most impact.

Placing them there allows them to boost the land value, which goes a long way in helping your residences upgrade.

Whenever you open the Parks & Plazas menu, the game will conveniently switch to leisure view, which lets you see how much access an area has to leisure. Don’t let your zones stay orange!

Leisure info view shows your city’s access, with parks & plazas highlighted in purple. / Cities: Skylines
Leisure info view shows your city’s access, with parks & plazas highlighted in purple.

Putting your parks and plazas in the middle of your residential areas also means more of your citizens can simply walk or bike to them rather than driving.

Tip #2: Office Zones & Industry Need Them Too

Parks and plazas also have a positive effect on offices.

Some office zones react with the smiling face (which indicates increased happiness) to the placement of a Japanese garden nearby. / Cities: Skylines
Some office zones react with the smiling face (which indicates increased happiness) to the placement of a Japanese garden nearby.

Tip #3: Check the Entertainment Value and Range

The different parks and plazas don’t just vary in appearance.

Each type has a certain entertainment value, which you can check by hovering over it in the build menu.

Each one also has a certain range, which you can see as you place it on the map. This will aid you in efficiently spacing out your parks and plazas across the map.

The green circle indicates the range of this park’s entertainment boost. / Cities: Skylines
The green circle indicates the range of this park’s entertainment boost.

Tip #4: Provide Public Transport and Pedestrian/Bike Paths

Parks and plazas can be quite busy, not only with citizens but with tourists as well.

If you have local public transport systems in place (like buses, trams, metros, or monorails), try to place stops or stations near your parks and plazas to prevent them from causing traffic congestion.

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