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Forestal Park

History

At the beginning of 1950, the park was a racetrack that disappeared when a new one was built in the north of the city. After that, several soccer fields were habilitated and later the Forestal (Forest) Park was built when the Quito Avenue that extended to Puerto Nuevo was opened. The park was built in an area comprised between the streets of El Oro, Guaranda, Vacas Galindo and Quito Avenue; the place had a lot of plants, trees a lagoon with a small island in the center and boats for the visitors to ride. In 1963, due to the negligence of the then Municipal administration, the park was abandoned and became a dumpster. 

From 1968, during the fifth administration of president Jose Maria Velasco Ibarra, the restoration and redesign of the park was decided and also the construction of a theater called Civic Center, whose construction started on October 9, 1970. The works progressed slowly and at the end of 1970, the administration of major Antonio Hanna achieved an agreement with the Central Bank of Guayaquil to finance the work, so the green areas were rehabilitated, the lagoon was overhauled and some squares were built for art exhibitions and other cultural events.  In 1981, thanks to the support of president Jaime Roldos Aguilera, a professional swimming pool was built on the corner of Portete and Guaranda streets to serve as venue for the World Swimming Championships that was held in Guayaquil in 1982.

Since then, the park was abandoned again due to poor municipal administrations, until 1992, during the administration of Leon Febres-Cordero, when it was decided to bring it to life within the process of urban regeneration of the city. On February 22, 2002, during the administration of Jaime Nebot, the park was inaugurated totally remodeled and the Civic Center Theater totally restored, remodeled and modernized.

Attractions

A space that offers cultural, educational and entertainment recreation and has an area of 10 hectares, from which, 9 belong to the park and the playgrounds and the other belongs to the Arts and Crafts Square.

Gardens, plants and trees surround the park that has a lagoon of 450 meters that offers boat rides at a cost of 2 dollars for a half-hour ride. There are playgrounds, rest areas, walkways, sculptures, a small fishpond, horse lanes, a viewpoint and an Experimental theater, which exhibits art, especially during the holidays and special dates. Stands out a column type monument that pays tribute to the Heroes of Guayaquil and another monument called “Patria Joven” (Young Homeland), work of Oswaldo Guayasamin, considered one of the most important modern art pieces of Guayaquil.

Services

Across the lagoon’s dock there is a cafeteria.

Address: 
Quito Avenue and El Oro Street.
Parish: 
Ximena
Horario: 
Tuesdays to Sundays from 07h00 to 19h00.
Photo gallery: 
Forestal Park (Vistazo).
Forestal Park (Vistazo).
Forestal Park (Vistazo).
Forestal Park (Vistazo).
Forestal Park (Vistazo).
Forestal Park (Vistazo).
Forestal Park  (Efren Aviles M).
Forestal Park(Carlos Julio Gonzalez).
Forestal Park(Carlos Julio Gonzalez).