Quarry park is a public space whose purpose is to be a place for the use and enjoyment of the city’s inhabitants. Learn about it with TZL Arquitectos.
Parque Cantera is a public space located in the Alcaldía Coyoacán, south of Mexico City. With an area of 46,534m2, the main purpose of the Park is to be a place for the use and enjoyment of all the inhabitants of Mexico City, especially the very large population living in its surrounding areas.
The park occupies land that for years was used as an open pit volcanic stone mine to produce aggregates in the industrial processes of Mexico City’s main asphalt plant. Today it has been transformed from a location of contamination to become a place that transforms the lives of those who visit, with leisure, sports and contemplation activities, as well as a catalyst for the revegetation of green areas with environmental value. It is with the recovery of public spaces, such as the Parque Cantera, that a physical process of reconversion begins at a social level, seizing violence from a large group of the population that finds in this place a decent, comfortable, ecological space that allows the development of free and secure activities.
The project took its main inspiration from the site, with its stepped topography, volcanic materials and the visuals both inside and outside the property, with sightlines reaching as far as the volcanoes of eastern Mexico City. At the landscape architecture level, the project has a vegetative palette consistent with the nearby area of the Pedregal de San Ángel , promising to be the seed of a responsible ecological recovery. In this same sense, materials and ecotechnologies aimed at air purification and the sustainable use of water were also used. This project offers inclusive activities for all audiences through its sports, leisure, rest and contemplation facilities.
The activities program is diverse, with the objective of serving all types of the public. Among the activities that stand out are the open-air Forum- immersed in a body of water with lighted fountains, a beach volleyball court, pollinating gardens with sand play areas for all ages, a recreational bike path and children’s play areas with high quality games. Pilares Planta de Asfalto is currently being constructed, a building that is part of the free non-formal education program offered by the government of Mexico City, where entrepreneurship and profesionnal training are provided.