Located just west of mid-bay and stretching nearly 700 yards along the Costera Miguel Alemán, this public park is a natural ecologically-protected area which covers 218,000 square meters (almost 54 acres) in the center of the city, on a patch of land formerly occupied by a hotel of the same name.
Joggers, walkers, and many just seeking an escape from the hustle-&-bustle of the city often find refuge along one of the parks shaded, tree-lined pathways - which also makes it a great place to people-watch. The following are among Parque Papagayo's many features: a soccer field, basketball and volleyball courts, a rollerskating rink, an auditorium, a library, public swimming pools, paddleboat rentals, three lakes, a replica of the Nao de Chinagalleon, a 65'-high piñata fountain, a small zoo and an aviary, a trolley-train which offers short tours of the park, a section with amusement-rides for children, and several snack-&-beverage stands. Public restrooms are positioned throughout the park as well.
Admission to the park itself is free; however, nominal fees are charged for use of the pools, trolley- and amusement-rides, paddleboats (30 pesos / half-an-hour), and restrooms (3 pesos).
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