Leon de Greiff Park and Library in Ladera was one of the many municipal projects put into place by ex-mayor of Medellin, Sergio Farjardo. This complex along with other learning facilities were created across the city as part of the campaign, “Medellin: The Most Educated”. This program was especially ingenious as most of the sites chosen for new construction of public education facilities were strategically located in traditionally poor neighborhoods. This expansion brought new life into these areas and gave the inhabitants a great leg up regarding access to superior learning facilities which would otherwise not exist.
One particular aspect that sets this site apart from the other park and library sites is the fact that this structure was built on the spot that a prison once stood. As a matter of fact, some of the same design elements were preserved when the library was conceived. Designed by architect Giancarlo Mazzanti, its location on the slopes of the east mountain flanking Medellin, affords a spectacular view high above the city. Visitors can enjoy the ample book collection, reading rooms for children and adults, exhibition hall, recreation rooms, internet cafes as well as sports designated areas.
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