Parque de Los Pies Descalzos or Barefoot Park is located between the Plaza Mayor convention center and the Empresas Publicas Medellin(EPM) building, in close proximity to La Alpujarra government center. The outdoor space was financed and constructed by EPM between the years of 1998 to 2000. The idea behind the the park was to allow a place that would allow people to kick off their shoes and wade through the various shallow water pools. This experience is supposed to be reminiscent of wading through a cool running stream far away from the city in the countryside. Parque de Los Pies Descalzos blends the architectural integrity of the area together with a touch of outdoor theme for the purpose of providing a place to relax and unwind.
Parque de Los Pies Descalzos in Medellin is a casual place for encounters and an oasis for mental and physical relaxation. The open air public space combines both architectural man made spaces with connecting tree filled extensions of the park. It offers visitors, travelers and citizens alike the opportunity to walk barefoot around the sandbar edges of the water-fountains or meditate in the zen garden complete with live bamboo. Parque de Los Pies Descalzos is connected on the east side by a large patio area that is lined with various restaurants, news stands, internet cafes and souvenir shops. The park is host to casual concerts and events that come through the Medellin convention center just next door. One of the main attractions that is popular with children of all ages is the EPM Interactive Museum, which offers an instructive introduction to technology as it is applied to public utilities.
Here is a cute amateur video made by some local students that are practicing their English skills and making an educational video about the park.
Location of Parque de Los Pies Descalzos in Medellin:
CALLE #42B #55-40 (574) 380-6977
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