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Pemex pulls the plug on new waterfront park

Oil company will likely need the space for an infrastructure project

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A park facing Progreso’s carousel, off the western end of its boardwalk, has been canceled. Photo: Lee Steele

Mexico’s state-owned oil company, Pemex, has canceled the construction of a new park in Progreso. 

The new park was slated to be built on the western end of the boardwalk, facing the beach and carousel. 

Park facilities would have included showers, games for children and easy access to the ocean.

The project had been part of an 80-million-peso plan to improve infrastructure and living conditions in the port city. 

Authorities have said that they hope to be able to build the park somewhere else but have not found an alternate location. 

Pemex has not specified why it took the decision, but it is likely that they will be needing the space for an infrastructure project of their own. 

Earlier: Progreso pier shines blue to honor health-care workers in Yucatán

Construction crews have already begun to remove materials and existing construction from the area. 

The port of Progreso is one of the largest in Mexico, and the most important commercial port in the Yucatán. 

Progreso’s port has undergone several expansions and currently reaches over 6.5 kilometers into the Gulf of Mexico. The port can be seen from space and is by some estimates the longest of its kind in the world. 

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