Rodó Park in Montevideo
Rodó Park in Montevideo, all the details and history of one of the largest green spaces in the city.
Its full name is Parque José Enrique Rodó, since it is a tribute to the Uruguayan writer José Enrique Rodó.
It was built between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, with a total of 2.5 hectares.
The designs of this Urban Park were carried out by the french Carlos Thays and Carlos Racine, renowned architects. In the case of Carlos Thays, he was also the author of several parks in the City of Buenos Aires, in Argentina.
It is one of the most traditional walks for those who live in Montevideo. Here, you can enjoy a huge artificial lake, with a size of 17,000 m2, in addition to having a children’s play area, an amusement park and a variety of gastronomy establishments. All these attractions make it the ideal space to enjoy a whole day with a walk, a picnic among nature, games for the little ones and mechanical attractions for the whole family. Within the limits of the park, you will also find the Museum of Visual Arts, which we recommend you visit.
The games in this park date back to 1889, with the novelty of the roller coaster. The artificial lake was built between 1903 and 1904. It has rustic bridges, a castle where the Children’s Library works, a terrace with a stage for music and the central avenue.
Inside the park, you will find different monuments, one of them in honor of José Enrique Rodó made by José Belloni, a famous sculptor. There is also the Fountain of the Athletes made by José Luis Zorrilla de San Martín, the Monument to Confucius and the tribute to Florencio Sánchez, a renowned playwright.
The Park was finally founded on April 24, 1968, as an outdoor entertainment center and in a public space.
It is located in the neighborhood that bears the same name, in the heart of the city of Montevideo, a few minutes from downtown and next to the coast of the Río de la Plata. Getting here will be very easy and accessible.
One of the attractions of this park are the pedal boats, which will give you the opportunity to tour the lake, while doing some physical activity.
Also, you will find the Parque Rodó Fair, one of the busiest markets in the city. Here, you will get handicrafts, designer clothes, typical sweets and much more!
The hours of the games sector are Saturdays and Sundays from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., Holidays and Vacations from 2:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Here is their website for more information.
Access to the green space is free, free and every day.
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