93.2 F
Thursday, May 26, 2022

Volunteers roll up sleeves, keep dream of a park alive at La Plancha

Government authorities have grown silent on the 'green lung' project, but citizens press forward

Latest headlines

New study reveals the stunning cost of corruption in Yucatán

According to a new study by the INEGI, corruption in Yucatán costs the state 9.5 billion pesos a year, the highest in the entire country. 

Yucatán boosts its own unique brand in Europe

Authorities from Yucatán announced a new campaign to promote the state as a destination for European travelers. 

After more than 2 months, why are Mérida’s most iconic monuments still covered in graffiti?

Since the protests held on International Women’s Day back in early March, several of Mérida’s historic monuments remain covered in graffiti. 

Scientists warn some types of sargassum could impact on human health

Large amounts of sargassum are now washing a shore in locations previously relatively untouched by the algae, such as the theme...
Yucatán Magazine
Yucatán Magazine has the inside scoop on living here. Sign up to get our top headlines delivered to your inbox every week.
Volunteers clean and plant trees at the abandoned acreage at La Plancha. Photo: Facebook

Merida, Yucatan — Groups of neighbors and members of several civic groups with picks, shovels, rakes, hoes and machetes on Saturday attacked the weeds and garbage at La Plancha.

They also planted trees on the land where for years residents have fought for a city park.

State officials have mysteriously halted progress at the blocks-long parcel behind the old train station. A master plan exists to create a multi-dimensional green space there.

Citizens are rolling up their sleeves to show support for the project, said Roger Gómez Chimal, president of the Railway Museum.

Starting at 9 a.m., the “challenge against garbage and environmental support” included — as is customary in Mayan populations — the planting of a sacred ceiba tree.

With her face flushed by the sun, Alexandra Barrueta, president of operations of the environmental group Chalchi, recalled that as a child she watched the comings and goings of the trains at the station. Now with the passing of the years, she supports the idea of transforming the abandoned acreage into “something like our own mini Central Park.”

“We are here collaborating according to our capabilities. Some collecting plastics, others weeding and drilling for the holes to plant trees,” she told a reporter from Novedades Yucatan, during a pause to drink water.

Felix Rubio Villanueva, president of the Gran Parque La Plancha civic group, commented that they are planting timber and fruit trees, as well as ornamental plants to complement the 115 that they planted in 2013. Today, thanks to the care they have been given, they are leafy trees.

Like Gomez Chimal, he invited the neighbors to “sponsor” some of the trees that are being planted, taking care that they do not lack irrigation.

Other groups represented in the project include Defensa de los Barrios del Centro Histórico de Mérida, Mujeres Asociación Civil, Colectivo 4 de Julio, Strategic Plan of Yucatán and the Railway Museum.

The work will continue today (Sunday).

 “All of us here do it selflessly, because we are all looking to turn this site from a garbage dump to a place that would bring us, peace, tranquility and a great lung for the city, with many trees,” added Félix Rubio.

- Advertisement -

Subscribe Now!

More articles

Mérida, but not the Caribbean resorts, named in Airbnb survey

Mérida Yucatán is one of the oldest cities on the American continent and boasts the oldest cathedral on the continent’s mainland....

Yucatán goes from 0 to 78 daily COVID cases in 6 weeks

The Yucatán health ministry reported 78 new COVID infections, the highest number of daily new cases since March.

Pig farm accused of hiding cenotes and filling them in with cement

A pig farm in the municipality of Homún is being accused of filling in and hiding two cenotes from environmental authorities. 

New augmented reality app tells the story of Mérida’s iconic corner plaques

Mérida´s municipal government is launching a new mobile phone application to tell the story of the city’s iconic Centro corner plaques.

Tortas in the Park: Family carries on the tradition for 63 years 

Taqueria Don Beto in Parque Las Américas. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht Strolling through charming Parque de...

Kankí, the Maya city where the stone eyes of ancient gods burn as hot as the sun

Kankí may be only 10 miles or so from the Mérida-Campeche highway, but feels a world away.

La Plancha park project moves forward with a huge budget

Government officials announced an agreement to make the La Plancha land 100% parkland. Photo: Contributed The park that...

Court sets limits for ‘racist’ immigration checkpoints in Mexico

Mexican soldiers review documents at a Zacatecas checkpoint in March. Photo: Pedro Pardo / AFP via Getty Images

You won’t miss the meat or dairy in these recipes from Yucatán

Vegan, vegetarian and plant-based lifestyles are easy to enjoy, despite living in meat-centric Yucatán.  Now that we’ve listed our...

Yucatán COVID patient 1st to die in 49 days

Coronavirus cases rose steadily in a week that ended with Yucatán's first COVID fatality since April 2. A...