Parque Grande José Antonio Labordeta

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This park was designed and built between 1913 and 1927 and was officially opened in 1929 by Miguel Primo de Rivera, who it was originally named after. At this time, it was located on the outskirts of Zaragoza, which then barely had more than 160,000 inhabitants. Today, due to the expansion of the city, the park is within the urban centre.

 

For almost a century, it was the largest park in the city until the completion of the Luis Buñuel Water Park for Expo Zaragoza 2008.

The singer-songwriter and politician José Antonio Labordeta died on 19th September 2010, and the city council renamed the park in his memory, although the people of Zaragoza have always known it as Parque Grande.

The singer-songwriter and politician José Antonio Labordeta died on 19th September 2010, and the city council renamed the park in his memory, although the people of Zaragoza have always known it as Parque Grande.

Inside the park, there are plenty of natural spaces and different monuments to enjoy such as:

  • The main access across the “Puente de los Cantautores” (Bridge of the Songwriters), which leads to the Paseo de San Sebastián, noted for its Versailles-inspired gardens and fountains.
  • Un auténtico placer es pasear por la avenida de los Bearneses, en honor a los numerosos comerciantes originarios de Bearn instalados en la capital aragonesa desde la Edad Media, y de la Acequia de las Abdulas que discurre paralelamente a la avenida. Y también, disfrutar de un ambiente animado enlos alrededores del Rincón de Goya, con grupos de amigos con una guitarra, jugando a fútbol o tumbados sobre el césped.
  • A well-known place to the people of Zaragoza is El Batallador, a large monument of King Alfonso I of Aragón, which was unveiled in 1925 to commemorate eight hundred years since the reconquest of the city.
  • Another monument to visit is the Fuente de la Princesa (The Fountain of the Princess), which was the first one installed in Zaragoza at the beginning of the 19th century.
  • Inside the park is the Botanical Garden of Zaragoza, which dates back to 1796.

It’s also possible to experience the Pyrenees or Albarracín without leaving the park by visiting the Ethnological Museum. Here, there are collections that include the outfits, farming tools and samples of the ceramics from these beautiful parts of Aragón. Museo Etnológico que recoge tanto los vestuarios utilizados, como los aperos de labranza o una muestra de la cerámica de estos bonitos enclaves de Aragón.

The Parque Grande also has areas such as the Aula de Naturaleza (Classroom of Nature), where nature activities are organised, such as workshops and exhibitions. Similarly, activities such as the Ruta de las Aves (The Bird Route) or the Día del Parque (Park Day) are organised every year. The park is also an important stage during the Fiestas del Pilar celebrations and regularly hosts popular racing and sports events.

If you visit the park between March and November, particularly if you’re with children, a fun option is to take the chuchú train, next to the Puente de los Cantautores. You can find all the information here.

The park boasts many more fun activities and you can rent bikes, tandems and some interesting pedal cars. It even has a 1,500-metre running track with markings every 100 metres.

Parque Grande José Antonio Labordeta is topped off with wide avenues, such as the Paseo de los Bearneses or Paseo de Isabel de Zapata, with bright fountains, beautiful gardens, and sculptures full of history.

The platform Live the parks offers you the walk “Connection with nature”, which starts at the access to the pine forest through Calle Mariano Renovales, in the Environment of the Nature Classroom, finding us as a transition a space of more recent landscaping with palm trees, Arizona and pines.

You can find more information here.

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