Part of what I love about living in Medellín is the parks and I have 3 great parks right next to my house: Exito park, Parque Poblado, and Parque Lleras. And as much as I love trees and grass in the middle of a city, I love the park culture that comes from it.
These parks were designed for people to hang out in. They’re true public spaces and they’re important landmarks for giving directions.
And there’s almost always something going on in the parks. If it’s not a dance troup, it may be a movie screening. And if it’s nothing organized, then it’s just a bunch of people hanging out, drinking some beer, and having fun. I’m sure everything isn’t all kittens and rainbows, but that’s why there are security guards.
Now, in the morning, the parks look like the remnants of a frat party, but they’re clean my mid day and the people who collect recyclables can get quite a sack-full after a Friday night. Of course I don’t have any photos of the parks at night. I’m choosing to have the fun rather than take pictures of the fun.