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Parque La Plancha will be ready this time next year, and there is still much work to do

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Construction of Merida’s Parque La Plancha continues across roughly 50 acres.

The park is estimated to be completed by Oct. 31, 2024, just before the end of the six-year term of President Andres Manuel López Obrador. 

Aerial view of Parque La Plancha under construction earlier this week. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Among the attractions will be an amphitheater for 5,000 people, an interactive fountain, a food market, elevated walkways, and a brand-new train museum.

Also included in the design is an enormous artificial lake, likely for canoeing and kayaking. 

The artificial lake has already been filled with water and will sit next to the park’s amphitheater. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

“The construction of the artificial lake has been extremely challenging given the limestone geology of the Peninsula,” said Col. Hermenio Jiménez Velázques, the project’s lead engineer.

There are widespread concerns on social media regarding the wisdom of its construction, given Yucatán’s increasing problem with dengue. The artificial lake could serve as a massive breeding spot for mosquitoes. 

Earlier: Mérida’s railway museum goes full steam ahead

At this point, it is unclear if the elevated walkways will serve any function other than a walkway or if it will be shaded. 

La Plancha’s elevated walkway is said to go on for just over a kilometer and will presumably offer visitors great park views. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

The park will also serve as the main hub for the IE-Tram network, which will connect Mérida with Uman, Kanasín, and Mérida’s Mayan Train station near Hacienda Teya. 

An elevated walkway leads to the site of Mérida’s future Ie-Tram hub. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Construction of Mérida’s Tren Maya station is also underway at Teya, though so far, the design does not resemble the initial renderings.

Mérida’s Tren Maya station was initially planned to be included in the design of La Plancha, but concerns over noise and viability. Protests by locals also forced the government to change its plans. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Parque La Plancha is but one of several large-scale projects in Yucatán, along with the Maya Train headquarters building in the north of Mérida, as well as several new museums and improvements to existing tourist infrastructure.

Construction of many large structures at La Plancha seems to be almost completed. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

One thing all of these projects have in common is the involvement of the Mexican Armed Forces, which President Lopéz Obrador says is necessary.  But this turn of events is unsettling to those who fear the growing militarization of the country and its infrastructure.

Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy, and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway.
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