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Bosque de Tláhuac Forest Park

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Photo: Mike Shonter on Wikimedia Commons

 

The Bosque de Tláhuac is a 58-hectar natural site on the edge of the Teuhtli volcano. Some City Residents will say it’s the most famous part of Tláhuac. It’s definitely been a favorite Sunday afternoon destination going back generations.

In fact, the park’s history begins only with the 1985 earthquakes. It was the destination of rubble and debris from all over the city, although a forest had been planned here. The park opened finally in 1992 after the rubble was better accommodated in landfills.

The forest park is home to a jogging track, multiple sports fields, and play areas for kids. Although the lake has been damaged by nearly every earthquake since 1985, it’s repaired and maintained because it’s the park’s most popular attraction.

The park is home to the famous (and very active) FARO Tláhuac. A cultural center and art school, it’s part of the larger FARO network run by the Mexico City Secretary of Culture. There’s also the Sala de Artes “Centenario de la Revolución.” It’s an auditorium where plays are presented and films are screened. The Teocuicani Youth Symphony Orchestra split there time between here and the Casa de Cultura Frida Kahlo.

The Bosque de Tláhuac is perhaps best-known for an Olympic-sized swimming pool and the “Mujeres Ilustres” ice skating rink. The Rink of Illustrious Women offers classes and recreational ice skating. A small farm, “La granja feliz,” has a kids petting zoo with rabbits, deer, ostriches, ducks, roosters, and some cows.

The main park entrance is perhaps a ten-minute taxi (or moto-taxi) ride, south from the Metro Nopalera station.

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