Lenin Park, a haven for recreation
Por Petra Joaquina
Lenin Park, conceived in 1969 and inaugurated in 1972, is located south of the Cuban capital and is not only an amusement park as many think, but also a cultural complex.
At the entrance is a large sculpture of the Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin, in honor of whom this park was named.
This city garden has an architecture imbricated with the natural environment, whose function is to provide healthy recreation to visitors in areas where the environment is the protagonist. For this reason, it is a tour chosen by many for picnics and ecotourism with long walks to enjoy natural beauty.
Raised in a wild area, in which the marabou predominated, the species that make up the forests were transported from various parts of the country. Thanks to the excellent work of specialists, the current park is characterized by the exuberance of the vegetation.
The 670 hectares of forest of Lenin Park, are part of the city's green belt, considered the largest lung of the capital. The facility has large swimming pools, restaurants, a 19th-century steam train to tour the different areas, the Amelia Peláez art gallery, a ceramic workshop, an amphitheater and an amusement park.
The amusement park has flying elephants, a star, crazy cars, a roller coaster and other attractions that make the center one of the most visited destinations of Cubans and foreign tourists, despite the distance from Havana downtown. Undoubtedly, a well-deserved visit in the capital of Cuba.