Luis Munoz Rivera Park

Luis Munoz Rivera

Luis Munoz Rivera Park is a 25 acre park located in the Puerta de Tierra barrio of Old San Juan. The park has an outdoor stage where musical acts play on weekends and draw crowds looking for some fun and dancing. A statue of Luis Munoz Rivera stands in front of the stage commemorating his fight for Puerto Rican independence. It also has numerous bike paths, picnic areas, gazeebos, open green space, a children's playground, an 18-century armory, and a pavillion (Pabellon de La Paz) where craft fairs and other events are held. There are also several water fountains alond with benches and shade trees for relaxing and taking in the sights.

The park is located near many governmental buildings including the Commonwealth Supreme Court building bordering the park on the east. Bordering the park to the north is the Sixto Escobar Stadium, that is primarily used for soccer matches but has also been used for baseball. In addition, to the north of the park is the Third Millennium Park, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and is easily accessible via a walking trail from Luis Munoz Rivera Park. Admission to the park is free, but you may have to pay for parking in the area.

History

At the end of the Spanish American war, the United States declared that Puerto Rico was an unincorporated territory of the United States. Luis Munoz Rivera was the leader of the Union Party which called for more democratic rights from the U.S. government. Luis Munoz Rivera was not able to obtain outright independence for Puerto Rico, but he was able to secure additional concessions from the U.S. government. Ultimately Puerto Ricans were granted U.S. citizenship in 1917, but only after the death of Luis Munoz Rivera. His polical legacy lived on though, through his son Luis Munoz Marin.