One of the parks that we love to visit in Cuenca Ecuador is Parque De La Madre. It was nice when we arrived in 2009 and it’s even better now.
Parque De La Madre just went through an extensive renovation. There is now a parking area under the park, so – no more worries about where to park the truck.
Things To Do At The Park
The park is big with lots of playground equipment for the kids. There are swings, slides, climbing stuff, balance beams, tree-fort type structures with little ladders, sliding poles and swaying bridges… and a really fun zip-line, which is Drew’s favorite.
There are also benches and open green spaces around the equipment so it’s not that hard to find a place close to the kids to sit and relax.
The park has some exercise equipment, a basketball court and a running track for getting or staying in shape.
New And Safer Equipment
There is now an age limit to be able to use playground equipment, it’s for kids up to 12 and there are guards enforcing it. A couple of times the guards came over and kindly asked how old our daughter was to make sure we were complying with the rules. That might seem a little paranoid but we appreciate it because the equipment was run down before the renovation, it’s nice to see that they are trying to ensure that it will stay nice and safe for the kids.
There is also a base of loose gravel under and around most of the equipment. Before the renovation there was nothing, only the ground with whatever bumps and boulders happened to be there when the equipment was installed. The loose gravel is much safer.
A Place To Meet Up With Other Families
Parque de la Madre is a great place to meet up with other families. When people move abroad they are often concerned about their kids having fun and making friends.
Arranging a play date at the park is a wonderful way to help your kids get to know new friends in a relaxed setting. A dinner date might be nice for you and your friends, but meeting up at the park and having a pick-nick would be much more fun for your children.
Our daughter really started picking up the language when we arranged play dates with her new friends. The fun took the stress out of learning to communicate.
Parque de la Madre is located off of Avenida Doce de Abril. It’s not that far to walk up into the center (about a 20 minute walk) or enjoy a walk along the Tomebamba river. It’s also close to Millennium Plaza, a nice mall with a theater (showing some movies in English) and food court.
Have you been to the renovated Parque de la Madre? Please share your thoughts by commenting on this post.