Parque La Carolina

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La Carolina Park next to Amazonas Avenue

Parque La Carolina[1] is a 165.5-acre (670,000 m²) park in the centre of the Quito central business district, bordered by the avenues Río Amazonas, de los Shyris, Naciones Unidas, Eloy Alfaro, and de la República.

History[edit]

This park started from the expropriation of the farm La Carolina in 1939.[citation needed] The design of the park was made by the Dirección Metropolitana de Planificación Territorial (DMPT). Pope John Paul II headed a great Catholic mass in the park during his visit to Ecuador in 1985, and a giant Christian cross has been built in this place.

Usage[edit]

Quiteños gather at La Carolina mostly on weekends to play soccer, basketball, and ecua-volley, which is an Ecuadorian variation of volleyball with less emphasis on spiking, allowing more of a throw. Some of the other activities are aerobics, kite flying, running, snacking, and people watching. The southern part of the park has a small pond where paddle boats can be rented and a skatepark for bicyclists and skateboarders. Artists are known to perform on weekends at the park. In the western part of the park are the Quito Exhibition Center,[2] the Quito botanical gardens,[3] and a Vivarium.

La Carolina somewhat resembles New York City's Central Park in that they both are flat parks surrounded by tall buildings.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sitio Oficial Turístico de Quito - Parque La Carolina". Quito Government. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  2. ^ "fabrica como diseñar una cocina at". Pequenaindustria.com. Retrieved 2009-07-08. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Sitio Oficial Turístico de Quito - Jardín Botánico de Quito". Quito.com.ec. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Parque La Carolina at Wikimedia Commons