Revitalizing a large park, which was donated to the city of Valparaiso by Federico Santa Maria, is the goal of a joint program between Universidad Andrés Bello and the Municipality of Valparaíso. The revitalized open green space will host academic, cultural and sporting activities.
Through the agreement Universidad Andrés Bello will take over management of 120 hectares of the park, which will be used to support the development of programs, projects and initiatives related to academic programs, research, testing, dissemination, academic and cultural outreach, and education both for students at the university and for the community at large.
Juan Carlos Bull, Vice Rector of Universidad Andrés Bello, Campus Viña del Mar, said that "this is a long-term and multi-stage development project for UNAB and the municipality. The first step is related to the development of trails, the second, the construction of an educational farm and the third to build an amphitheater for cultural use."
The plan for the amphitheater includes the construction of a maze with small plazas that will create meeting points between the environment, art and culture, and highlight the unique features of the region, Valparaiso and the rest of country.
For the mayor of Valparaiso, Jorge Castro, it is very important to revive the natural setting for the use of families and citizens. "This agreement brings us UNAB’s support in this great project, which we want to become a garden for the whole city. We will run a variety of different initiatives to bring life back to this beautiful place. So we're very pleased to have established this agreement with the university," he said.
In 1915, Federico Santa Maria donated his estate, named "Quebrada Verde" to Valparaiso, with the requirement that this be turned into a large park or playground. The donation specified that the Quebrada Verde Park have 750 acres of beautiful and scenic open space and be of environmental value, as it borders the coastal cliffs and sits between the lighthouse and the beach Angeles Punta Laguna Verde, which were recognized as Nature Sanctuaries in 2006.
The park is currently open to the public, free of charge, from Tuesday through Sunday.
This article was originally written in Spanish and has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.