The Gran Parque de La Plancha will be incorporated into the Mayan Train project, the Mérida City Council reported.
Mérida Mayor Renán Barrera Concha met with the head of the National Tourism Promotion Fund (Fonatur), Rogelio Jiménez Pons, where they agreed to consider the construction of the long-planned park on the former rail yards behind the historic train station. The land is the largest undeveloped parcel in the Centro.
Proponents of La Plancha have long held that the land should be a green space. But sometime in 2018 work there halted without explanation, frustrating neighbors who were told a “Central Park” would be in operation there by now. More recently, Mexico announced its so-called Mayan Train would include La Plancha as one of its several stops across the Yucatán Peninsula.
A committee will be made up of representatives of federal, state and municipal governments, as well as universities and residents of the area, the City Council said.
The master plan had called for a 60-acre park with room for art exhibits, a botanical garden and workshops. Renovations had already begun at the shed between the 1920s train station and the abandoned rail yard. Those buildings were intended to be music and dance studios.
“The new park … can be one of the most important projects of the new century,” said the leaders of the La Plancha civic association.