“Parque de la Independencia” (Independence Park) is the largest and most traditional park in Rosario. It was designed around the year 1900 by the acclaimed French-born landscape architect Charles Thays to celebrate the 100 anniversary of Argentina’s Independence from Spain (1810-1910).
The most popular corner of the Park is the square next to the lake, where visitors can enjoy a ride on paddle boats during the day and admire Dancing Waters during the night. Close by, there is the Children’s Garden and, crossing “Boulevard Oroño,” the International Park (an amusement park), two attractions that make this area a favorite with children.
Another way to enjoy the Park is to stop for something to eat at one of its bars near the lake, or to visit its acclaimed museums. The Park houses the City Museum and the Julio Marc Provincial History Museum. Moreover, crossing “Avenida Pellegrini” (at the intersection with “Boulevard Oroño”), stands the Juan B. Castagnino Municipal Museum of Fine Art.
This extensive green space is also the site of the “Parque de la Independencia” Exhibition Center (formerly known as “La Rural”), the horse racing tracks, the stadium of the Newell’s Old Boys soccer team, “El Rosedal” Square (Rose Garden), a pigeon loft and the sports venues of the sports clubs “Provincial” and “Gimnasia & Esgrima de Rosario.”
The Park is divided into four sections, each alluding to a different body of immigrants who helped give birth to the city:
Opening hours for row and paddle boat rental:
- Fall/winter: every day from 10 am to 7 pm.
- Spring/summer: every day from 10 am to 12 midnight.
Location: “Boulevard Oroño,” “Boulevard 27 de Febrero,” Av. Pellegrini & Ovidio Lagos.
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