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Mexico city, Mexico
October 6, 2006
From journal Monterrey - City of Steel and Glass
by Tio Gringo
January 7, 2003
The 2+-mile-long track is a great place to walk or bicycle, but it is also a professional race track that has hosted a CART grand prix in a fabulously scenic setting among derelict industrial hulks. If you don't have a bike, no problem. There is a rental shop along the Avenue of Nations, which runs between the Holiday Inn and the Cintermex Exhibition Hall. A variety of bikes is available, from small kids' bikes with training wheels to racing bikes--even bicycles built for two!
The park has a lake with paddleboats for rent, as well as playgrounds for the kids to lose themselves at.
The park is also a cultural hub for the city, with a nonprofit arts cinema running not just Spanish-language arts films, but also rare works from European and North American small filmmakers. Adjacent to the cinema is a very pleasant, bright, and thoroughly modern portrait gallery.
As you walk around the park, you can't help but marvel at how derelict pieces of industrial equipment have been strategically placed around the grounds to give the place an air of recent abandonment. It adds enormous character to the park, plus it's all very relevant local history since this city's fortunes were built on steel, glass, and cement.
I say "Bravo" to Monterrey's leaders who had enough foresight and vision to turn what could have been an eyesore into a shining example of how good an urban park can be . . .
From journal Monterrey: Northern Mexico's Unpolished Jewel