With an investment of 2,900 million pesos, 25 parks in Medellín’s downtown are getting a much-needed face lift. Everything from stones and benches to fountains and landscaping are being remodeled to fight deterioration and make them beautiful spaces for all citizens to enjoy once again.
The Secretary of Infrastructure, Javier Dario Toro, said it’s “not a reconstruction” but more of an intervention in crucial, specific spots, but the projects will nonetheless impact the image and atmosphere of all spaces involved. In some cases, if it’s easier to replace the floors than repair them, then that’s what’s being done.
The downtown area was given priority because it’s where “all activities come together”. Some of the parks and plazas benefiting from this effort are Junín, La Minorista, Berrío, Botero, the roundabout by the Pablo Tobon Uribe Theatre, and San Antonio, among others.
Some 288 park in other parts of the city are also being worked on, for a total of 313 and an investment that reaches 6,900 million. They are neighborhood parks, meant to be public spaces for the community, and include children’s playgrounds. Eleven new parks are under construction.