Independence Park begins to take new forms

By Mario Minervino / [email protected]

Although what is observed is reduced to a movement of soils and some bicycle lanes, the works that are being carried out in the Independencia park are significantly modifying the profile of the promenade and it is a first step towards an unprecedented value enhancement for a park. from the city.

15 months after the contest that allowed having a preliminary project for its enhancement, the company Probrás Bahía SRL has been developing the first of at least four stages in which the work will be divided.

The intervention means an investment of 30 million pesos, contributed by the municipality.

This stage – which began a month ago and has four deadlines – focuses on the remodeling of a strip of land that lies on Pringles Avenue and will be a sample of the opening that is intended to be given to the promenade with the aim of convert it, according to what the project report describes, into an “integrating, convening, inclusive, self-sufficient and emblematic space, capable of generating civic, cultural and neighborhood proposals”.

The work includes the demolition of part of the low wall on the municipal line, the construction of pedestrian paths and bicycle paths and an important landscaping intervention to generate in the site “an ecosystem that guarantees the permanence of the vegetation and the coexistence between species”, seeking to generate “permanence, in a pleasant setting and exchange”.

The place will function as a space “for pause and rest”, with an idea of ​​”movement” based on bike paths, lanes for running and walking, benches and equipment.

In addition, the site will receive 500 plants, arranged in different gardens, low-maintenance shrubs, with flowers of different colors, most of them perennial, and whose height will not exceed one meter.

In this way, the objective of the municipality of creating awareness about the importance of public space begins to be fulfilled; encouraging community participation to define uses and creating a benchmark in a sector recognized by the population.

the second stage

Although the date will be defined in the coming days, the Urban Management Secretariat, led by Tomás Marisco, anticipated to this medium the intention of next month to tender the second stage of the project, which aims to strengthen the sector where the fair operates today and improve access from Balboa street.

The estimated budget would be around 48 million pesos.

The comprehensive project

The integral intervention that the promenade will have seeks to create awareness about the importance of public space and promote it so that it also serves as a convener for the region.

The idea of ​​maintaining the facilities that have remained from the old zoo is proposed, generating an ecosystem with different landscapes.

One of them corresponds to what exists, maintaining original trees, the rest are representations of different environments in the region, such as the wetland, the Pampas grassland, the mountain forest and the cardinal.

The traditional pergolas are maintained and the different fountains along the promenade will be repaired to function as meeting platforms.

In particular, work will be done on what is known as the “Map of the Province of Buenos Aires”, which will be converted into a lagoon, as a key piece of the wetland.

The perimeter wall that surrounds the park is demolished, leaving only sporadic strips to serve as a seat and heritage reference.

Perhaps the most onerous intervention and the one that will have the greatest impact on the complex is the materialization of a vehicular street linking Balboa with D’Orbigny, which will allow direct access to the park, encouraging the creation of a gastronomic hub.

In this way, the sector between the walls of the Federal Tire and the Equestrian will no longer be a degraded space.

Taking advantage of the existing topography, an elevated plinth will be created with respect to the park, with a new perspective and a novel promenade, accompanied by a series of viewpoints.

A touch of history

The Parque de la Independencia, as its real name, was created in 1911, at the initiative of the Federal Shooting, with the aim of promoting “all kinds of physical exercises, shooting and swimming baths.”

Along with the park, the zoo was born, closed in 2013, after a proposal promoted by protectionist institutions, arguing that it did not meet the objectives of entertainment and rejecting the policy of keeping animals in captivity.

However, the animals were sent to a reserve in the city of America, where they continue to have that condition.

Another attraction of the promenade was the circular building designed to contain the Panorama of Bahía Blanca, painted by Augusto Ferrari, a painting measuring 11 meters by 3 meters high, which recreated the fort and its landscape.

Established in the park in 1931, the building was dismantled and the paint stripped in the 1950s to be restored. Until 1965 there are references that it was in the Art Museum.

Today it is considered lost.

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