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Munoz Rivera Park, San Juan
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The Luis Muñoz Rivera Park is a 27.2 acre recreational public space located in Puerta de Tierra in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The park was named in honor of Puerto Rican statesman Luis Muñoz Rivera.HistoryIn 1919, land was set aside to create a large recreational park for the residents of San Juan. The land once formed part of the city's "Third line of defense" built in the 18th century. The powder magazine built in 1769, “El Polvorín de San Gerónimo”, designed by military engineer Thomas O'Daly, is still located on the grounds of the park.The east side of the park is bordered by the Puerto Rican Supreme Court building designed in 1952-56 by architects Toro Ferrer. To the north lies the public beach called "Escambron", the Parque del Tercer Milenio and the Sixto Escobar Stadium, former home of the San Juan Senators and Santurce Crabbers baseball clubs.The park was designed by Bennett, Parsons & Frost of Chicago in 1925. Its construction from 1926 to 1934 was directed by William Parsons and Francisco Valines Cofresí. The distinctive faux bois park elements and furniture were designed by sculptor Victor M. Cott in the 1930s. Subsequent major restorations have been directed by architects Orval Sifontes in the 1970s, Otto Reyes Casanova in 1990-93, and by Andres Mignucci, FAIA in 2000-04.
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  • My wife and I along with her brother Michael and sister-in-law Barbara visited the Munoz Rivera Park while driving to the Candado Lagoon for kayaking and paddleboarding in San Juan last week. The park...  more »
  • Reoppened in 2010, this park is amazing with the modern art installations, the elevated walking boards and a all over good place to walk in the heart of the city. 
  • Things that you will discover out jogging in a big city is incredible the. The tagline of "a little more" leads to increasingly distant places in our path, to discover green rinconcitos like this. Coming from County and towards old San Juan, in the area known as Puerta de Tierra, found this great sanjuanero green lung that connects the beach with the asphalt masterfully. As master was the hero that is named and dedicated to that from the very beginning Park that began to be built in 1926 in pure style Beaux - Arts. The postulates of the beautiful city calaron deep into the architects and landscape designers who put their talent on the Park. Trees of mahogany, ucares and leafy Indian laurels, raised kiosks, pergolas and benches to rest his shadow, ponds and sources of drinking water, restaurants, dance and game rooms were planted... A space for the enjoyment and comfort of the inhabitants of a city that grew steadily. Today all that not much remains. Hurricane Hugo was responsible for destroying, in September 1989, much of the trees and plants, and a bit of slackness did the rest. Until in the early 90s, the miracle of the remodeling. Added the murals that adorn the promenade floor, spaces reformed and stabilized trees and gardens. Today is a space worthy of a city such as San Juan de Puerto Rico. Ah, a very curious anecdote! San Juan had a mayor, who was pleased to teach children what was the snow, so it brought directly from United States by plane a lot of it, to download it in the Park and everyone could enjoy it. Needless to say that not even the snowman endured more than a few minutes under the scorching sun and Caribbean heat, a fleeting illusion that there are only images in black and white...
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