On my last vacation I had the opportunity to visit the city of Quito in Ecuador again, and my friends from Quiteños took me to see a recent attraction in the city. Its about bicentennial park, a huge park of more than 125 hectares, located in the middle of the city, in what used to be Quito’s Mariscal Sucre airport.
This park was quite a surprise for me, because even though I had already realized when I got to the city, that we did not land at the usual airport, but in one at a distance of approximately 1 hour and a half from Quito, we never I imagined that the space occupied by the old airport was going to be transformed into a huge park.
In its current state, the park is nothing more and nothing less than the runways of the previous airport, so that one can feel the immensity of them by standing in the middle of them and observing their length from end to end. I really liked the park, I was able to observe how hundreds of people walked on foot or by bicycle, I was also able to observe how it has already begun to become a meeting space for young people, who were grouped by the edges of the tracks to pass the time. My friend Andrea from Quito, told me that the park has already served as a place for the realization of some events, among which there are cycling races, small concerts, cultural events, and many more that the city has been scheduling little by little.
Here are some images that I took from my visit to the park
But not everything goes that far, the city of Quito has big plans for this huge living space, which is going to radically transform the landscape for its residents.
In the next few months The arborization phase will begin, which includes the planting of 2,800 native species of trees, in what corresponds to the first stage. 89% of the park area will be green and will be a lung for the city. In addition to creating forests, wetlands will be formed that host various species of wild fauna and flora. This natural environment will be complemented by several water sources for the recreation of visitors. Temporary nurseries, permanent trees, ornamental gardens, walkways, fields, athletic track, playgrounds, temporary graphics, accesses and parking lots will be established in the park.