Sometimes all that sight seeing gets tiresome and all you want to do is nothing. That’s when you go for a stroll in the park, in the Luis Muños Rivera Park, that is.
Luis Muñoz Rivera was a Puerto Rican poet, journalist and politician who lived during the last half of the 19th century. He was a major figure in the struggle for political autonomy for Puerto Rico.
The park is located on the eastern corner of San Juan Islet on a 27-acre plot of land. One of its interesting features is the only other remaining powder house in San Juan, built in 1769 to supply the nearby Fort San Jerónimo.
Construction of Luis Muñoz Rivera Park started in 1928. It has been restored twice, in 1990 and in 2003. The place is beautiful, with dozens of walkways, fountains, great landscaping and lush tropical vegetation.
Like the rest of San Juan you’ll find the mark of local vandals. I didn’t see much graffiti. That’s a plus! But most of statues are missing their bronze plaques.
Here’s a suggestion for the powers at be: why not make these plaques out of some material that looks like bronze but is actually some sort of plastic. That way it would be worthless to recyclers.
Oh, and one last thing. Like many parks around the world this is not a safe place to be at night.