Parque de las Palomas in Old San Juan to reopen
By John McPhaul
After being closed to the public for several years, on Sunday the emblematic Parque de las Palomas in Old San Juan will reopen, Mayor Miguel Romero Lugo announced Thursday.
Located on Calle Tetuán, right next to the Chapel of Cristo de la Salud, the space, known for the tradition of offering food to pigeons, will open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday for the enjoyment of locals and tourists.
“With enthusiasm we announce that the Parque de las Palomas will be open again,” the mayor said in a written statement. “Visiting the park is part of the experience of enjoying Old San Juan, not only because of the tradition of giving food to the pigeons, but also because from there you can see one of the most beautiful views of the San Juan Bay, and that is why we have updated [the site] with cleaning, renovation and signage.”
It should be noted that the park is the only place in Old San Juan where it is allowed to feed pigeons, which is prohibited elsewhere by municipal ordinance. However, to guarantee control and safeguard health, feeding the birds is only allowed in a certain area during established hours and with crushed corn, which will be available for sale on the spot.
Romero Lugo also announced that the Café del Niño kiosk will begin operating in the park, and will be managed by Yashirra Aponte Camacho, a businesswoman who obtained the lease for the kiosk after a request for proposals process. In the area of the two kiosks, activities such as storytelling, yoga, painting, musical performances and other activities are contemplated.
On Sunday a series of activities will take place for the whole family to accompany the reopening of the public space. That day there will be music, traditional games, crafts, bomba workshops and much more.