- The city
There are many, in various locations: woods and lakes, squares in the natural reserve, two riversides (North and South), streets and avenues surrounded by jacarandas, ash trees, poplars, paraísos and tipas.
The squares have trees and benches to sit. Many have games for children. There you can read the paper, play cards, sunbathe. In the squares people also protest. Some green areas as Sarmiento Park, have the infrastructure to play football, basket, volley, softball and tennis. Besides swimming pools, parking space and grills. In spring and summer, Buenos Aires has the special feature of offering in its parks and green areas great shows.
Lezama Park- Defensa, Brasil, Av. Paseo Colón y Av. Martín García.
Located on a natural gully. Some say that in the surrounding areas the first settlement of the city took place. To this Paul Groussac opposes, who says that it was in Vuelta de Rocha. In the late eighteenth century, the Real Philippines Company set up in the park the deposit of black slaves. In the year 1806, during the First English Invasion, the General Beresford entered by San martin street (today Defensa) bringing down the last local forces in the gully of Marcó (today Lezama Park). Years later, the english man David MacKinley built up here his country house facing the river. On the top of the building the english flag fluttered, that is why people got used to calling it “the english´s country house”. After many owners in 1857, a trader from Salta José Gregorio Lezama acquired the property, he surrounded it with a high steel fence and enrich the environment with plants and exotic tress. Towards 1871, during the yellow fever epidemic, the residence operated as a pesthouse. In 1889, the death of Lezama his widower Angela Alzaga sold the property to the municipality with the condition that it became a public park under the name of Lezama Park.
PARQUE THAYS. Av. del Libertador y Av. Callao, Recoleta.
This land where the famous recreational park Ital Park used to operate, was baptized in honor to its architect and landscaper Carlos Thays. One of the sculptures that you can appreciate in the land is a naked male torso by the Colombian artist Fernando Botero.
Libertad Square. Libertad, Marcelo T. de Alvear, Cerrito y Paraguay, Retiro
This square occupies a block that was known in 1780 as the hollow of Miss Engracia. In that time the place was used to park the wagons that arrived from the city. In the year 1822, the square had already adopted its current name.
Parque 3 de Febrero.
It is in the neighborhood of Palermo and is the green lung of the city. The design of the area was in charge of the French landscaper Carlos Thays in 1890. Leafy trees, sculptures, paths, gardens and a magnificent water mirror. Moreover, we find the Roseland, The Poets Garden and the Andalusia Patio. Every day from the door of the Zoo that faces Plaza Italia the “mateos”-carriages pulled by horses- offer tours through the woods.
ZOO - Avenidas Las Heras y Sarmiento, Palermo.
Variety of animal species, aquarium, farm and a reproduction of the subtropical jungle habitat.
JARDÍN BOTÁNICO. Av. Santa Fe and Las Heras, Palermo.
Opened in September 7, 1898, it occupies more the six hectares and is house of around 5500 bush, grass and herbaceous species. Besides it has style gardens and five greenhouses. For its design, structure and botanic content it differs from the rest of the parks of the Buenos Aires City.
EL JARDÍN JAPONÉS. Av. Casares and Adolfo Berro
Plants, flowers, bridges and waterfalls. The beauty of the eastern gardens, For kids, the attraction are the bridges and the lake, where they can see the colorful karpa fishes brought originally from Japan.
PARQUE TEMATICO TIERRA SANTA Av. Rafael Obligado 5790, North Roverside
It is the only religious park in Latin America. Reproduces Jerusalem´s scenery as it was 2000 years ago.
Parque Presidente Sarmiento. Av. Ricardo Balbín 4750
This great sport center land of 70 hectares in the neighborhood of Saavedra has Schools for athleticism, hockey, tennis and gymnastic. And the required infrastructure to play football, tennis, handball, beach volley, basket, tracks for athleticism and to go on rollers, 3 pools and games for children.
PARQUE NORTE. Avenue Cantilo and Guiraldes (in front of Ciudad Universitaria).
Pools, sports and recreation in the middle of extense groves, with tables and chairs to enjoy in the shadow, a lake to walk along its shore and organization of tournaments of different sports in summer.
Barrancas de Belgrano. L. M. Campos and Juramento Avenues, and Zavalía, 11 de Septiembre and La Pampa streets.
Designed by the architect and landscaper Carlos Thays, with big green trees and paths to go for a walk, built with ancient paving stones form the nineteenth century, benches to rest, square with games for children, tables with chessboards, and to play other games and even a special area for dogs. Many people meet there to practice sports such as gym, Tai Chi Chuan and other arts, and aerobics among others, as it is a very good green lung of the city. It is only three blocks away from the Tres de Febrero Park (or the Palermo Woods) which is the largest lung in the city, part of it is in Bajo Belgrano. It also has a great circus, where neighbors meet to dance tango and other musical styles. In addition, different music bands make their recitals here.
Centenary Park. Antártida Argentina, Ángel Gallardo, Díaz Vélez, Leopoldo Marechal Avenues.
With a great diversity of tree and plant species, it has several monuments, a little artificial lake and recreational games. It provides a great cultural activity to the neighborhood, as it has an amphitheatre, where free shows are offered during summer time, both for adults and kids. In the surroundings of the park you can find important institutions: The Argentine Museum of Natural Sciences Bernardino Rivadavia (the most important one in Buenos Aires City), the Marie Curie Oncology Hospital, The Foundation Leloir Institute (institute of scientific investigation), the Argentine Association Friends of Astronomy (holder of one of the best observatories in the city), among others.
On weekends there is a fair, in which you can buy all type of crafts and different objects as old Cd´s, and a fair of used books and magazines.
Avellaneda Park. AV. Directorio and Lacarra.
With its almost 30 hectares, it is a natural, historical and cultural heritage, and because of its extension it is the third largest park of the City.
The House of the Olivera´s as headquarter of the Administration and Center of Exhibitions, the old swimming pool as the Center of Cultural Production and Middle School of Construction of Green Areas (project under way), the Dairy Farm as Center of Arts and the traditional tour on the train, give value to the historic buildings and their most significant corners.
Plaza San Martín. Avenidas Santa Fe, Maipú, L. N. Alem y Calle Florida, Retiro.
Thousands and thousands of people arrive or depart from Retro every day, as it is the leader of three railway stations, the bus terminal building and many bus lines. This is the crowded part of Retiro which in rush hours it turns into a “Persian Market”. The elegant part is the Carlos Pelligrini Square, surrounded by luxurious hotels and apartments. The distinguished and majestic area of the Palaces (Chancery, Militar Center), on Plaza San Martin, and contrasting to this beautiful area it is the hard and almost invisible reality to the eyes of tourist the emergency shantytown under the 9 de Julio highway.