The Father Renato Poblete River Park (Navigable Mapocho) is situated in the district Quinta Normal of Santiago. It is an unusual urban park.
The idea to create a river park appeared in 2001 in order to recover the banks of the river Mapocho. However, the Park was inaugurated on the 21st of January 2015. The Park got the name of the Jesuit priest Father Renato Poblete (1924- 2010), who tried his best to harmonize conflicting parties after the epoch of the Chilean dictator ship finished and the country was on its way to democracy.
The Father Renato Poblete River Park has two sections: Parque Brazo del Rio and Paseo en El Cauce. The first section has the area of 13 hectares. There is a lagoon of calm water there. The second section of 7 hectares of its area has three reservoirs, playgrounds and lawns.
The park is a good leisure area. There are viewing platforms, fountains, playgrounds, picnic areas, an outdoor amphitheater for 600 spectators, public toilets and two football fields. The entrance to the park is free. It is one of the favorite place of locals.
Quinta Normal, Santiago, Chile
33° 25′ 27″ S, 70° 40′ 48″ W