El Tuque

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El Tuque Beach

Playa El Tuque
Beach
El Tuque Beach as seen from PR-2 in Barrio Canas in Ponce, Puerto Rico
El Tuque Beach as seen from PR-2 in Barrio Canas in Ponce, Puerto Rico
El Tuque Beach is located in Puerto Rico
El Tuque Beach
El Tuque Beach
Location of Playa El Tuque in Puerto Rico
Coordinates: 17°58′51″N 66°38′36″W / 17.98083°N 66.64333°W / 17.98083; -66.64333
Country Puerto Rico
MunicipalityFlag Ponce
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El Tuque is a beach and family recreational and tourist complex in the Punta Cucharas sector of Ponce, Puerto Rico. It was designed in the early 1960s by Luis Flores, an architect from Cayey, Puerto Rico.[1] It is located on PR-2, Km 220.1, in the El Tuque sector of Barrio Canas in Ponce.[2] The sector of El Tuque is considered Puerto Rico's largest populated sector.[3]The beach opened on 17 July 1965.[4]

History[edit]

The name El Tuque comes from the name of a farm of measuring 267.11 cuerdas that was located in that area of Barrio Canas in the early 20th century.[5]

The once deserted beach was developed into a balneario (balneary or bathhouse) by the government of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in the mid-1960s, as part of the central government's attempt to provide a network of such recreational facilities throughout the island.[6] It included gazebos and fire pits near the beach, a restaurant, changing rooms with showers and lockers, a children's pool, and two adult Olympic-size swimming pools with snack bars. It was inaugurated on 17 July 1965.[7]

Due to beach erosion that occurred over the years, a beach replenishment project then took place in 1979,[8] but the sand added was darker than the original sand there and locals now consider the beach "dirty".[9]

By the early-1980s, however, the area had fallen into disrepair, starting with the swimming pools and parking areas, for lack of proper maintenance by the Commonwealth Government. As a result, the beach opened only sporadically. Eventually the complex was permanently shut down in the late 1980s. The Municipality of Ponce, then obtained ownership of the property from the Commonwealth government via a transfer.[10] About a decade later, in 1996, the United States Army Corps of Engineers picked up the El Tuque project again for purposes of re-furbishing the beach with new sand.[11][12][13]

El Tuque Recreational Complex[edit]

In May 2002, a group of private investors became interested in the area and entered into a contract with the Puerto Rico central government to develop the area into a family and tourist recreational center. The investors spent $16 million to develop the area into the El Tuque Beach Entertainment Center.[14] El Tuque Recreational Complex opened in the summer of 2002 and included an aquatic complex / splash water park with three pools with waves, high speed water slides, and water sports. Some of activities of the park were hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, whitewater paddling, snorkeling, and scuba diving.[15] The aquatic park closed in 2007, the same year that an accident at the water park injured a park patron leaving him quadriplegic.[16] The complex had a pub and a Quality Inn hotel located on the beach, within the recreational complex facilities. A nearby Holiday Inn hotel that had opened a few years earlier, provides additional lodging facilities for beach-goers.

A second addition to the project, which opened in 2003, includes a new speedway called the Ponce International Speedway Park.[17] It includes a drag-racing track and circuit track. The speedway drag-racing sections has both 1/4-mile and 1/8th-mile sections, and the full circuit is 1.52 miles long and incorporates 12 turns.[18] A small marina has also been added. Boating and kayaking is promoted as part of the center’s eco-tourism activities.[19]

Solace by the Sea[edit]

In 2017, following Hurricane María, Grupo Misla Villalba, a group of local investors, remodeled the former Quality Inn Hotel, which had closed 2 years before, and opened a new hotel, named "Solace by the Sea" on 30 November 2017.[20] The beach reopened on 1 December 2018 as part of the Solace complex.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Periferia: Balneario El Tuque. Periferia: Internet Resources for Architecture and Urban Design in the Caribbean. Periferia: Architecture: Piscina Balneario El Tuque. (Piscina en el Balneario "El Tuque". Ponce, Puerto Rico, 1984. Marvel Flores Cobián & Asociados. Luis Flores with Magdiel Rodríguez and Antonio Suárez.) Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  2. ^ Tremendas Ofertas en el Hotel. ElTuque.com Ponce, Puerto Rico. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  3. ^ Como Centro de Emergencias: Renace en febrero el CDT de El Tuque. Jason RodrÌguez Grafal. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  4. ^ Monseñor Raúl Irizarry impartiendo la bendición al balneario de Ponce en su inauguración. Ruperto Torres. Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras. Biblioteca Digital Puertorriqueña. (Originally from "El Mundo", San Juan, Puerto Rico. 18 July 1965.) Accessed 27 May 2018.
  5. ^ Annual report of the Secretary of War. United States War Department. Volume III. 1915. Page 283.
  6. ^ Coastal study sites south coast Puerto Rico: El Tuque Beach, Ponce. University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. Department of Geology. Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
  7. ^ Monseñor Raúl Irizarry impartiendo la bendición al balneario de Ponce en su inauguración. Ruperto Torres. Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras. Biblioteca Digital Puertorriqueña. (Originally from "El Mundo", San Juan, Puerto Rico. 18 July 1965.) Accessed 27 May 2018.
  8. ^ El Tuque Beach. UPR-Mayaguez. Accessed 30 January 2017.
  9. ^ Living with the Puerto Rico Shore: Soft Stabilization, Beach Replenishment (Nourishment). Bush, Webb, Gonzalez Liboy, Hyman, Neal. Shoreline of Puerto Rico. University of Puerto Rico, Recinto Universitario de Mayaguez. Department of Marine Sciences. Geological Oceanography Program. Accessed 30 January 2017.
  10. ^ Carmelo Rosario Natal. Ponce En Su Historia Moderna: 1945-2002. Published by Secretaría de Cultura y Turismo of the Government of the Autonomous Municipality of Ponce. Ponce, Puerto Rico. 2003. p. 138.
  11. ^ United States Corps of Engineers: El Tuque Project. United States Army Corps of Engineers. Jacksonville Office.
  12. ^ Digital Project Network. United States Army Corps of Engineers. Jacksonville Office. Programs & Project Management Division. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  13. ^ Water Resources Development in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. By United States Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville (Florida) District. 1998. Page 26.
  14. ^ "Investments Of $605 Million To Double Ponce’s Business Growth, Create Thousands Of Jobs, And Spearhead The Southern Region’s Tourism". Lida Estela Ruaño. Caribbean Business. 25 April 2002. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  15. ^ Balneario El Tuque. GoingOutside.com "Beaches". Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  16. ^ El Parque Acuatico de Ponce... ¿Tenía permisos? Alex David. La Opinión del Sur. 14 July 2010. Page 2. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  17. ^ Ponce International Speedway Park. Archived 2010-03-24 at the Wayback Machine. Ponce International Speedway Park. Ponce, Puerto Rico. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  18. ^ Un recorrido por la Ciudad Señorial de Ponce. El Vocero. San Juan, Puerto Rico.4 April 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  19. ^ The New El Tuque Beach Puerto Rico Herald. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  20. ^ Inauguran hotel en Ponce. Telemundo Puerto Rico, December 1, 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2018.

Coordinates: 17°58′51″N 66°38′36″W / 17.98083°N 66.64333°W / 17.98083; -66.64333