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San Juan | Puerta de Tierra | Parque Luis Muñoz Rivera

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The Luis Muñoz Rivera Park (or Parque Luis Muñoz Rivera in Spanish) is a 27.2 acre (110,000 m²) recreational park located in Puerta de Tierra in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The park was named in honor of Puerto Rican statesman Luis Muñoz Rivera.

History

Statue of Luis Muñoz Rivera, located at the park which bears his name.
In 1919, land was set aside to create a large recreational park for the residents of San Juan. The land that was set aside once formed part of the third line of defense for the city during the 17th and 16th century. The powder house built in 1769 (“El Polvorín”) which supplied Fort San Jeronimo 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 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 1924. Construction began four years later in 1928. The park was restored by architects Otto Reyes Casanova in 1990, and by Andres Mignucci, FAIA in 2003.

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Puerta de Tierra, as the area that leads into Old San Juan is known, is oftentimes overlooked precisely because of its close proximity to the historic city. A closer view of the area reveals a bevy of attractions, including parks, beaches, pedestrian walkways, hotels, and historical sites, all located within walking distance of each other.

The Parque Luis Muñoz Rivera is the island’s first urban park, created in 1929, and serves as the area’s central hub. Named in honor of one of the island’s most influential public figures, the famed Puerto Rican poet and politician was a staunch supporter of autonomous government and his legacy is now commemorated with a statue in front of an open-air stage.

The park’s 25 acres constitute a much needed green enclave in the middle of the city, allowing visitors to relax around the numerous fountains and benches, shaded by copious trees. A stroll down Paseo de los Próceres reveals a row of statues of prominent Latin American figures like Simón Bolívar.

Also noteworthy is the Polvorín San Gerónimo – a remodeled 18th century armory that played an integral role in defending the city of San Juan against invading enemies. Other amenities such as playgrounds and gazebos make the park an excellent location for family outings.

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