The civil association Gran Parque “La Plancha” unveiled the model of the first stage of the project that will be carried out on approximately four hectares. It covers the area from where the platforms of the former railway station end, up to the line of homes located in front of the Artículo 123 park .
At a press conference held at the Maya Inn hotel, Felix Rubio Villanueva, president of the association, along with architect Manuel Oxté Gómez, detailed what this stage will consist of, which includes planting 572 endemic fruit trees, gardening and luminaires, irrigation systems, etc.
On April 20, the president of the National Association of Parks and Recreation, Luis Romahn Diez, announced in the framework of an international urban congress in Mérida, that “La Plancha” could be the first multifunctional park in the Peninsula – like Parque Fundidora, in Monterrey, Nuevo León- which would require an investment of 1.5 billion pesos (approx. 79.8 million USD) to be developed in a surface of 26 hectares.
Rubio Villanueva, on the other hand, gave details on Tuesday April 24, on the project, saying that since the park is intended to be a place for relaxation, social and recreational coexistence, it will have several spaces, such as a lunario (amphitheater), a kiosk, a sculptural square, two pre-Hispanic mounds, an outdoor gym area, a botanical garden and parking lots. And of course extensive green areas.
For reforestation, it will be supported by the Kanancab civil association and will have four characteristics: endemic trees, others rooted in Yucatan, fruit trees and ornamentation. The next month would start with the digging of holes and after the second heavy rain of the season falls, they will begin to sow.
“Visitors will be able to enjoy and learn about trees of the region that we practically no longer see, like the “tauch“, and the “xoch“, explained architect Oxté Gómez, with extensive experience in the design and construction of this type of parks.
“The lunario, kiosk, plaza, prehispanic mounds and everything else will be done once the trees are planted, which should be approximately by September”, he continued.
“The pre-Hispanic mounds will have an internet room, tourist information, and a botanical research laboratory, because the objective is for visitors to have fun and learn in the bio-cultural park,” added the professional.
A triangular part that would be paved is not included in the model of the project, as the Ministry of Communications and Transportation has not yet given its authorization for that area.
Where the baseball field is located, the UNAM intends to build the Museum of Light, and in order not to affect the local baseball players, the relocation of the field is contemplated in the project.
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