Attractions within Neighborhoods of Mayagüez

By: Cristina Ramírez Ellín & Cristina Correa Franceschi

Sabanetas

Saturday morning making a tour of Sabanetas neighborhood we found a beautiful view. This was many years a reedbed sector of Machuca Playa Grande in the Sabanetas neighborhood, there was an important shell midden (ritual dance group) pretaíno associated with cultural development. “It derives its name from the plains or savannas found in the northern beaches of Mayagüez, in front of the Mona channel, and in the vicinity of the mouth of the river now called the Río Grande de Añasco.”

El Maní

In the Maní neighborhood, there are still farm animals inside the Santa Rosa de Lima community. This was a tradition of country people years ago where they raised and sold. “In that small space had more than 10 cows.”

El Seco

Tuesday morning exploring the neighborhood La Marina with my classmate Cristina. It was initiated by Ramón (Tito) Jorge Padilla in 1991 that was founded festival in El Seco to help the economy of the sector and to promote the family junction. “This is called El Seco because before it was a completely beach and dried to build houses.”

Trastalleres

In our journey we were surprised to realize that upon entering the neighborhood Trastalleres find a mural that define neighborhood boundaries. Santiago Flores, professional painter, came out of this neighborhood and made an art workshop inside. He says in an interview with Amanda Carmona, that “for me Trastalleres is the Yagüez river and the crabs. As a child I was crab fisherman, jumped yards to put the traps…The neighborhood remains the same 40 years with some changes of new people. “

Paris

Parque de los Próceres is a nice park right near the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez, a great place to take a walk and learn about important personalities in the history. In 1977 the mayor of Mayagüez, Benjamín Cole, obtained a grant from the Economic Development Administration of the United States Department of Commerce for the construction of the Parque de los Próceres. “Parque de los Próceres has been called “the lungs of the city of Mayagüez.”

Balboa

Continuing our trip we went to Balboa neighborhood and found an old cinema. The style was known as Spanish Renaissance represented the aspirations of modernity, sophistication and elegance of the new bourgeoisie. “Mayor José Guillermo Rodríguez, hopes to turn the iconic theater a room for children productions.”

Mayagüez-Pueblo

Continue with the adventure we went to the Plaza de Colón before midday. The first church on the present site was made of wood and only three years after the founding of the city the church was constructed. “For many years the church it has been modernized to classic style because they suffered different natural disasters.”

La Quinta

We were exploring the mountains of Mayagüez at La Quinta by noon. These lands were used for growing crops or coffee, plantains, bananas and sugar cane. “La Quinta had four houses and there were no paved roads, no sidewalks or lighting had from the Balboa neighborhood to La Quinta.”

Miradero

In our journey we wanted to see something interesting and we encounter this beautiful zebra in the Zoo Dr. Juan A. Rivero in Miradero. It was founded in 1954 and it has maintained developing the concept of a “tropical experience” for visitors. “Dr. Juan A. Rivero was an biology professor in the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez.”

Terrace

As we continue our trip on Tuesday we decided to take a picture at the entryway to the UPRM in Terrace. This entryway has been used 68 years until now. Next to the entrance is the Finca Alzamora an extent of the university. “This is one of the main access of the university.”

El Limón

Then we decided to go El Limón and we founded The Panoramic Fruit Company. The farm was started in 1994 and is an exotic fruit farm. “It has many variety of fruits like rambutan, mangosteen, longan, durian and other fruits.”

Cerro Las Mesas

Enjoying our day we encounter the public and boarding school CROEM in Cerro Las Mesas. CROEM was founded in the 1967, and was academically adopted in the 1990 by the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez. “The school only accepts approximately 160 students per year.”

Río Hondo

In our path we go to Río Hondo and see the school Consuelo Pérez Cintrón. The school was named after a teacher named Consuelo Pérez Cintrón, this teacher was so loved by her students that they had to walk a dirt road and cross the Río Hondo to get to the school. “Actually every kid that wants to study can go to the school because now they have roads.”

Vista Verde

As my classmate and me continued our travel we watch the water tank at Vista Verde community. The water tank has 250 feet’s and it was built 43 years ago at the side of the Mayagüez Medical Center. “We can see many graffiti’s on it’s sides that for many years people have express themselves.”

Guanajibo

In the side of urbanization of Guanajibo Homes we found the river Guanajibo, one of the most important rivers in Puerto Rico. The river has provided water to many places since the beginning of times. “The river crosses the municipalities of Sabana Grande, San Germán, Hormigueros, Cabo Rojo and Mayagüez.”

Sábalos

Our last site in Sábalos neighborhood we visit the Isidoro García Baseball Stadium. The stadium was named after Isidoro “El Cholo” García, a local pitcher who threw the first ever no-hitter at a final series game in the Puerto Rico Baseball League. “The baseball stadium has a seat capacity of 10,500 persons.”

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