People might brand it as one of the lesser parks of Madrid, and in a way, because of its miniscule size compared to other parks, all of 3 hectares in area, there is an aorta of truth to it. Still, I thought that the Parque María Eva Duarte Peron is a park of great significance, if only it boasts of a variety of physical exercise machines primarily for use by older individuals living within and around the park, and of course, by everyone who decides to visit the place.
The Eva Duarte Peron Park is dedicated to and named after the wife of ex-President Juan Peron, and this fact makes it a popular destination to the fans and admirers of the comely yet feisty South American lady. Affectionately called Evita, Peron is perhaps the most popular First Lady of Argentina because of her work with the Argentine women’s suffrage.
A major landmark at Manuel Becerra Park, you will find it along the busy Dr. Gomez Ulla, near Calle Alcala.
Did you know that its current location was a former farmland owned by Francisco Noguera of the Nogueras Estate — it was called the Quinta de los Leones. In 1951, it was converted by the Madrid City Council into a garden/park/recreational area. You’d see people – young and old — visiting the place, day in and day out, enjoying an afternoon stroll, playing with their dogs, letting their kids spend some lull time in the playground, picnicking, playing cards, and using its games and recreational facilities for sports such as basketball and soccer.
While small in size compared to the major parques like the Retiro, it still offers ample areas filled with lush shrubs, tall trees, and all other forms of greeneries, well-maintained dirt pathways, tables and benches, and even fountains. There is even a church nearby. In one of the entrances you can see a stone bust bearing the likeness of Eva de Peron.
Needless to say, if you live near Alcala, and are a nature-loving person looking for a place to spend the day enjoying a bit of fresh air and sunshine, the Parque Eva Duarte Peron is the place to go.
The water fountain, one of the favorite features found in the middle of the park
I tried out one of the exercise equipment installed in the midst of the park
Having a hard time pedaling, until I realized it’s intended for use by the elderlyPeople playing card games is a common sight inside Eva Peron ParqueChildren and toddlers may claim their special spot inside the Eva Peron Park, where they can play to their heart’s content while their parents or guardians watch over themDirt roads radiate from the middle of the park onto surrounding major streetsA smaller fountain can be seen near the main gate by the Covadonga ChurchDogs lovers love to bring their pets in the park for an hour or two of canine recreationDrinking fountain also located near the Church of CovadongaTook a picture of one of the machines — it is meant to exercise one’s hands, perhaps to maintain the dexterity of the fingers
Dr. Gomez Ulla 9
Barrio Guindalera, Salamanca
How to go:
Metro Station – Manuel Becerra