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Parque Juárez Renovation Begins

Claudia Escalante, David Jiménez, Presidente Luis Alberto Villarreal, Francisco Tovar, y Pável Hernández

Rénder de acceso por El Chorro

Rénder fuente

Five-stage process will allow the park to stay open

By Jesús Aguado

Work started Monday on a major overhaul of Parque Benito Juárez’s infrastructure and amenities that city officials say will bring the park closer to its original 1905 aesthetic.

The renovation, steered by a master plan that will include guidelines for providing security for the park’s users and neighbors, will cost 15 million pesos, the burden of which will be shared by the municipal and state governments. It will be implemented in five stages, which will allow the park to stay open throughout the process.

Work is expected to finish in December, according to city officials.

The project’s guiding idea is to bring the park back to its original aesthetic, say local officials, using architectural styles and materials evoking the era when the park originally opened in 1905. It will also reintroduce native plants to the park.

“With this renovation, we want to recoup the old glory of the park and bring a space worthy of entertaining the residents of San Miguel,” said Mayor Luis Alberto Villarreal.

David Jiménez, director of the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (The National Institute of Anthropology and History) in Guanajuato, praised the project’s planned botanical and architectural features. He congratulated the authorities for their desire to preserve historic spaces and generate a project that creates a sense of belonging for residents.

More than 100 years old, the park covers 2.8 hectares and is arguably Centro’s only large green space, featuring all sorts of native and nonnative plantings, thanks to the Feria de la Candelaria, an over-50-year-old city tradition. This large plant sale, which occurs every February, was not charged city taxes on its sales for many years. In exchange, vendors donated trees and plants to the municipality, which ended up in Parque Juárez and in the nearby El Chorro area.

As a result, more than 4,500 plants can be found in the park or its vicinity, including jacarandas, peaches, laurels, pepper trees, tules (Montezuma cypress), and palm trees. There are also several walking paths among the park’s fountains, bridges, gardens, basketball court, playground, and gazebo.

The park is a local meeting point, steeped in art, nature, and also history, since El Chorro, located along one edge of the park, is the site where the town of San Miguel de los Chichimecas was founded 475 years ago.

The project

Villarreal and Jiménez recently presented the plans for the park’s renovation to a group of neighborhood residents, business owners, and users of the park, informing the audience that architect Claudia Escalante will be in charge of the project.

The five renovation stages are as follows:

 

•Pavement reconstruction, which will include pathways, grounds, cement structures, and the removal of concrete and other similar aggregate building materials.

•Restoration of cantera (stone) structures, including fountains, pillars, stairs, access points, and staircases. The park’s original architectural elements will be preserved, and later additions in different styles will be eliminated;

•Restoration of the bridge on calle José Guadalupe Mojica, which currently has major structural damage that Civil Protection Department officials say poses a risk to drivers; •Structural consolidation of the park canyon’s slopes, whose containment walls will be repaired where possible, using vintage materials to reconstruct them, providing stability and protection for the trees;

•Improvement of the sports areas, which will include the installation of new, competition-level scoreboards and adequate lighting.

 

Local government data indicates that this will be one of the current administration’s most significant public works projects.

What you need to know

The project is based on historical, ecological, and risk studies and aims to eliminate elements added during past modifications. City officials hope the project will unify the park’s elements while also improving sections in disrepair.

The work began Monday at the south end, along calle José Guadalupe Mojica. The next stage will take place in the park’s central area, while the third will address the western end. Afterward, the basketball courts will be repaired. In approximately six weeks, after summer vacation finishes, the project will address the other sporting areas.

Plans include the modification of the flora in the green portions of the park, with the idea of including native species meant to benefit the area. There will also be a remodeling of the existing bathrooms and addition of other elements that will take advantage of the topography and become central points for cultural activities.

During Mayor Villarreal’s presentation, officials made strong verbal commitments to communicate with residents about the work’s progress, any relevant dates, and any changes in plans that may need to happen as the project develops.

 

OPINIONS

“I was born here, and the park a been a fundamental part of my life. I am a basketball player. Now my children play, and it hurts to see many parts of the park destroyed. Now that the administration will make the changes, my companions and I are very happy.”—María Elena Rincón, a regular user of the park.

 

“As a merchant I feel very happy that they are taking us into account. We are within this project of change, and they are considering our posts in order to give us new opportunities. The mayor said that he will give us support to make them more hygienic.”—Park vendor Verónica Ramírez

 

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