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.


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.


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.

Biodiversity Event for the Amazon[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sitio Oficial Turístico de Quito - Parque La Carolina". Quito Government. Archived from the original on 2010-11-27. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
  2. ^ "fabrica como diseñar una cocina at". Archived from the original on June 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
  3. ^ "Sitio Oficial Turístico de Quito - Jardín Botánico de Quito". Retrieved 2009-07-08.

External links[edit]

Media related to Parque La Carolina at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 0°10′52″S 78°29′03″W / 0.1811°S 78.4842°W / -0.1811; -78.4842