The History and Future of Parque Juárez

Children enjoying the new play scape at Parque Juarez.

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By Robin Loving

Few of us know the history of our beloved Parque Juarez, and no one knows the future, which is up to us to create. Come to Rotary on Tuesday, November 7, to hear Sanmiguelense Laura Rodriguez Torres of Amigos del Parque share the interesting history of the largest green space in Centro and how we need to band together to form its future for the benefit of us all. Rotary will meet at 12:30pm. Meetings are free and in English.

Juárez Park was created to connect the neighborhoods of Lavaderos del Chorro, Guadiana, Ojo de Agua, Cañada de los Aguacates, and San Antonio as a center of life. Dr. Ignacio Hernandez Macías was the municipal president at the time, and he managed to convince the owners around the park to help him assemble the three hectares that had been orchards, where they planted trees such as cedars and lots of lilies, among other horticultural delights.
The park’s architectural structure maintained the elegance and the European-inspired public walks built in Mexico in the time of President Porfirio Diaz. The grand opening was in 1904.
In 1916, it was named Parque Juárez in honor of President Benito Juárez.

San Miguel de Allende is today one of the most recognized cities in the world for its colonial style, multiculturalism, and unique mix of old and new. Amigos del Parque wants to master plan Parque Juarez to remain a vibrant and relevant part of the San Miguel landscape. It is leading this initiative with other nonprofits such as Amigos de la Presa and the Audubon Society to ensure respect for such public spaces.

Laura Rodríguez Torres was instrumental in the renovation of the playscape in Parque Juárez in 2011.

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities all over the world. For more information, contact President Fred Collins at presidentmidday@berkleyline.com, and see

RotarySMAMidday.org.

 

Rotary Presentation

The History and Future of Parque Juárez

Tue, Nov 7, 12:30pm

Hotel Mision

Salida a Queretaro 1

Free

 

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