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Parque de la Madre, Cuenca Ecuador (New and Improved)

Posted in: Cuenca Ecuador, Ecuador Travel

One of the parks that we love to visit in Cuenca Ecuador is Parque De La Madre. It was nice when we arrived in 2009 and it’s even better now.

Running track Parque de la Madre Cuenca Ecuador

Parque De La Madre just went through an extensive renovation. There is now a parking area under the park, so – no more worries about where to park the truck.

La Madre Parque de la Madre Cuenca Ecuador

Things To Do At The Park

The park is big with lots of playground equipment for the kids. There are swings, slides, climbing stuff, balance beams, tree-fort type structures with little ladders, sliding poles and swaying bridges… and a really fun zip-line, which is Drew’s favorite.

There are also benches and open green spaces around the equipment so it’s not that hard to find a place close to the kids to sit and relax.

Zip-line Parque de la Madre Cuenca Ecuador

The park has some exercise equipment, a basketball court and a running track for getting or staying in shape.

New And Safer Equipment

There is now an age limit to be able to use playground equipment, it’s for kids up to 12 and there are guards enforcing it. A couple of times the guards came over and kindly asked how old our daughter was to make sure we were complying with the rules.

That might seem a little paranoid but we appreciate it because the equipment was run down before the renovation, it’s nice to see that they are trying to ensure that it will stay nice and safe for the kids.

Playground Parque de la Madre Cuenca Ecuador

There is also a base of loose gravel under and around most of the equipment. Before the renovation there was nothing, only the ground with whatever bumps and boulders happened to be there when the equipment was installed. The loose gravel is much safer.

A Place To Meet Up With Other Families

Parque de la Madre is a great place to meet up with other families. When people move abroad they are often concerned about their kids having fun and making friends.

Arranging a playdate at the park is a wonderful way to help your kids get to know new friends in a relaxed setting. A dinner date might be nice for you and your friends, but meeting up at the park and having a picnic would be much more fun for your children.

Green space Parque de la Madre Cuenca Ecuador

Our daughter really started picking up the language when we arranged play dates with her new friends. The fun took the stress out of learning to communicate.

Parque de la Madre is located off of Avenida Doce de Abril. It’s not that far to walk up into the center (about a 20 minute walk) or enjoy a walk along the Tomebamba river. It’s also close to Millennium Plaza, a nice mall with a theater (showing some movies in English) and food court.

Video Post: Take a drive by Supermaxi and Parque de la Madre

The Tomebamba river, near Parque de la Madre.

The Tomebamba river, near Parque de la Madre.

Have you been to the renovated Parque de la Madre? Please share your thoughts by commenting on this post.

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Dena Haines is co-editor of GringosAbroad - Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers. She is a travel blogger and content marketer. She is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Travel.

50 comments… add one
  • Lee Nov 20, 2014, 8:28 pm

    We played in this parque yesterday. It is 5 min from our apartment and our granddaugther loves it. Always something going on at the planetarium.

  • Ken Jan 27, 2014, 11:24 am

    It’s really nice to see pictures of the Park completed. It was fenced off during my visit. I’m looking forward to seeing it myself. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jo Sep 3, 2013, 9:25 pm

    After reading a few posts about the dangers of crossing streets in Cuenca, I wonder how safe biking in a bike lane next to these drivers actually is. Would love your thoughts on this.

    • Bryan Haines Sep 4, 2013, 6:15 am

      Some of the bike lanes have rubber curbs to keep cars out, other ones are actually on an extra wide, divided sidewalk. I think these lanes are pretty safe.

  • Jo Kloster Sep 1, 2013, 5:28 pm

    Nice article on the park, Deanna. Encourging to see Cuenca improve important areas. I didn’t see mention of in line skating areas. Or a bike trail. Can you do these things there? If not, where? Thanks for this info. We have just decided we will visit next summer. Is there a best month out of June, July or August? Thanks.

    • Bryan Haines Sep 3, 2013, 1:30 pm

      There are nice bike trails in Cuenca. I don’t know of anywhere specific for inline skating but you can use the sidewalks. A number of the main roads now have specific bike lanes.

      I think any of those months will be nice. The weather is changing here, like many places, and it can be a little unpredictable.

  • Kim Sep 1, 2013, 10:22 am

    Thank you for the heads up on the fact that twelve year olds are not allowed to play here. I find this very sad. I have a five year old a twelve year old and a fourteen year old. All of my kids are home schooled and very well behaved. I can’t possibly tell my twelve year old son that he is not allowed to play on all this cool stuff and to sit and watch his brother. This is a deterrent to moving to Cuenca as we planned. I want all of my kids to have fun and enjoy life there. Very sad.

    • Bryan Haines Sep 3, 2013, 1:31 pm

      The rules are 12 years of age and under. And this is just for this park. It is the first time we’ve seen this – so you can play with all your kids at the other parks.

  • Marilu Aug 21, 2013, 2:23 am

    Your pictures of Cuenca are beautiful, I live in Guayaquil but I want to visit Cuenca someday, now my desire to visit cuenca is stronger after see that beautiful park.

  • Dr. Anwar Shah Aug 18, 2013, 8:03 pm

    The park, from the pictures you took, seems a nice place for outing for the whole family. I commend you for the excellent work you are doing. Keep it up. Bravo! Wish was there in person to congratulate you. Thanks.

  • Mcooks Aug 16, 2013, 10:48 pm

    We have enjoyed the park with visitors, or just when meeting up with local friends. It has lots of fun activities, and is very open and easy to access. Just a note: There are signs that say that adults are not allowed on the play equipment. I understand that this is to preserve these things for the kids, but I must admit that I was disappointed that I couldn’t swing, which has always been one of my favorite things to do, even as an adult. Otherwise, we like the new park.

  • Jack Landham Aug 15, 2013, 7:53 am

    Great pictures and comments. Looks good to me

  • Terry Andrews Aug 14, 2013, 9:24 am

    Hi Bryan! Trying the comment box from my iPad now since it said error when I tried with my iPhone. But that could easily be that I’m still learning to use my new phone. But my comment was that as always I look forward to your informative ,helpful information. Hoping to meet you and your family. Terry 🙂

  • Roxanne Aug 13, 2013, 4:33 pm

    What is that Large tree in the pictures.

  • Robert Badgett Aug 13, 2013, 3:10 pm

    Your mobile site looks good.
    We just stayed very near La Parque de la Madre and enjoyed the park and our location. A very active park. The body-weight powered exercise equipment was very clever. The park is close to Super-Maxi, a nice enclosed mall, a good heladeria, Tutti Freddo, and a lavanderia is a few blocks away.

  • Brenda Aug 13, 2013, 1:11 pm

    Your updates for mobile devices works very good on my Kindle…thanks for making the changes…it is much easier to view stuff on your blog now.

  • William Philo Aug 13, 2013, 12:01 pm

    I have heard from a local that told me that Cotacachi has “gringo gangs”. I had not heard of this before his comment. Is there a gang problem in the city that you might be aware of?


    • Dena Haines Aug 13, 2013, 12:38 pm

      Hi William,

      Do you mean gangs looking for gringos, or gangs of gringos? We have not heard about anything like that. Maybe you could ask your friend for more information and share it with us.

  • Sonnie Blaize Aug 13, 2013, 11:09 am

    Great Job as Always ..Bryan and Dena. i am now living in Ecuador ..thanks to your blog’s informative structure and content… I am following you on my iPad and iPhone…thanks again for the great work you both are doing.

    Warm Regads

    • Dena Haines Aug 13, 2013, 11:18 am

      Thank you for commenting Sonnie.

      We are really happy to hear that the blog is helping people learn more about Ecuador.

      Thanks for following us 🙂

  • Chatman Aug 13, 2013, 10:22 am

    The changes to the park were very badly thought out. The diagonal path from the corner of 12 de Abril and Federico Malo has been removed, and as a result, the grass is getting turned to mud where people walk across it. They have subsequently planted bushes to impede people’s progress in this direction but it is yet to be seen whether this will work. In any case, the park is there for people’s convenience, so why not build a path where the people want to walk? The volley ball court, which was very popular, has been taken away, and there is now nowhere for these people to play volleyball in the park. The constant bright lights are not good for the birds and trees have been unnecessarily cut down. There is also far more concrete now than before, much of it unused. On the Federico Malo side there are about three footpaths all next to each other.

    By the way, does anyone know where the carbon monoxide from the car park underneath the park is going?

    • Dena Haines Aug 13, 2013, 10:36 am

      Hi Chatam,

      Perhaps you could contact the developers with your suggestions. We are not responsible for the park, we just like it, and for people that want to spend some time with their family or get a little exercise, the park is a great place to do it.

  • Elaine Sherwood Aug 13, 2013, 10:19 am

    Thanks for sharing and was also able to access on my mobile too. We hope to visit Cuenca in the spring of 2014 and travelling from Halifax, Nova Scotia. We are very interested in exploring Equador and may look to retire in the near future. My husband was in Quito and the Galapagos Islands in 2009.

    • Dena Haines Aug 13, 2013, 11:21 am

      Hi Elaine,

      When we moved here we traveled from Halifax as well. We are from N.S. It’s a long trip, but more than worth it.

      All the best with your visit in the spring.

      • Elaine Sherwood Aug 13, 2013, 1:22 pm

        Hi Dena,

        I follow your posts regularly. We have visited the Kentville and Wolfville areas many times. We travel Nova Scotia often. I am from Cape Breton so not a true Haligonian!!


  • Patricia Emmett Aug 13, 2013, 10:18 am

    Good Morning Bryan,

    I enjoyed this article very much but I have another question for you! I am recently retired from 43 years of teaching, directing and training people in the arts of musical theatre, acting, stage design, costume design. I am am hoping that there are some opportunities to enjoy live theatre and performances there in Cuenca? I have found there are several art galleries and also there seems to be concerts in the area BUT my question is for an old retired Musical theatre directors desire to get involved in the performances and possible productions of some local theatre there? My entire existence has centered around live theatre and I know regardless of the many many beautiful opportunities of living in Cuenca I would be feeling that much of my passion for living a full life would be missing without the “stage” to give me a purpose. I know you are an incredible writer and artist yourself, so I am hoping you might know if there are any theatre company’s or groups there in your beautiful city? Thank you again for the incredible website!

    • Dena Haines Aug 13, 2013, 10:48 am

      Hi Patricia,

      I’m sorry, we don’t know anything about live theater in Cuenca. I would suggest coming for a visit and asking around. I recently met a couple that were visiting from the U.S. The husband was very interested in music so he did some looking around, made some contacts and was invited to come back and teach music at one of the universities.

      Perhaps you could have a similar experience.

      • Patricia Emmett Aug 13, 2013, 12:14 pm

        Thank you Dena! I had not even thought about that! Funny, I moved to South Los Angeles from Las Vegas and did the exact same thing! I was asked to teach and share my years of theatre skills to the at-risk students in the heart of one of the worst “gang” areas in Southern California. I spent 13 wonderful years and have recently decided to make a move again, so great idea and thank you! I am planning my trip for the end of November staying for several weeks. Can you share what to expect for the weather there at that time so I will be careful on what cloths to pack for my trip?

  • Catherine Johnson Aug 13, 2013, 10:16 am

    Your piece on the Parque de la Madre was very well-done. The park looks beautiful. I wish we had parking under our plaza in Santa Fe, NM.

    • Dena Haines Aug 13, 2013, 11:30 am

      Thanks Catherine.

      I know, parking is always a concern and it can be frustrating when the kids are anxious to get there but you have to drive around and around looking for a spot. We thought putting parking space under the park was a great idea.

  • Ryan k Aug 13, 2013, 10:10 am

    I like the new phone format…and i enjoy allways reading up on you guys.. perhaps soon to see your beutiful host country myself..cheers guys.Ryan.

    • Dena Haines Aug 13, 2013, 11:11 am

      Hi Ryan,

      Happy to hear that you like the new format.

      All the best with future plans to visit Ecuador, it’s a beautiful country.

  • JG Aug 13, 2013, 9:55 am

    Great site, thank you
    In the past it has been slow to load up on my mobile devices to a point where I give up and not look at what interested me, this new site is the the same way.
    Are you hosting your site at your office?
    Thank you again

    • Bryan Haines Aug 13, 2013, 10:27 am

      Hey JG – the problem before was that the site wasn’t responsive, so it often hung when trying to load on a mobile device. That is fixed now and (from all feedback) seems to be working normal. The image slider on the homepage is a little heavy on resources so it might be slowing the download speed. I’m working on this…

      No :), we host at Media Temple.

      • Lisa N Aug 25, 2013, 4:25 pm

        Couldn’t help but reply when I saw you host at Media Temple. We know the owner and his family and both my husband and Father-in-law have worked for them at different points. Small world. 🙂 My parents have lived in Cuenca since 1988 and My husband and I moved here two years ago with our kids. I’ve been enjoying reading your blog. Cuenca sure has changed since the 80s!

        • Bryan Haines Aug 27, 2013, 8:33 pm

          Hi Lisa, we’ve hosted our blogs at MediaTemple for almost a year now.

          Nice to hear of another family living in Cuenca. We’ve only been here for four years, so we haven’t seen many changes, yet.

  • Sarah vinueza Aug 13, 2013, 9:44 am

    Looks nice! we’ll have to bring the kids there when we visit family in Cuenca in Octuber!

    • Dena Haines Aug 13, 2013, 11:27 am

      Hi Sarah,

      Your kids will love the park, especially if they are 12 and under. Our daughter is always asking us to take her.

      Have a nice time with your family in October.

  • Prin Aug 13, 2013, 9:13 am

    Thank you very much for the Mobile & Tablet Version – works perfect on my iPad

    • Dena Haines Aug 13, 2013, 11:06 am

      Thanks Prin.

      Glad to hear that the site is working on you mobile device.

  • Roxanne Aug 13, 2013, 9:10 am

    I think this post n the park marvelous. I can barely wait to get to Ecuador in Nov. to see it all…. I am so excited. Even though our first focus is in Cotacachi area, I am sure we will be looking in Cuenca to.

    • Dena Haines Aug 13, 2013, 10:24 am

      Hi Roxanne,

      Ecuador is such a beautiful country! I hope you get a chance to travel around while you are here.

      We haven’t been to Cotacachi yet, but it’s on the list. Cuenca is a beautiful city and I’ve heard that Cotacachi is a beautiful area as well.

      All the best in November.

  • Bard Webb Aug 13, 2013, 8:45 am

    Wonderful info. We are planning our second trip to Cuenca in March with the plan to move there permantly in June 2014. Hope to meet you.

    • Dena Haines Aug 13, 2013, 11:32 am

      Hi Barb,

      Thanks for commenting.

      All the best with your trip in March.

  • Trude Hunter Aug 13, 2013, 8:32 am

    What a magnificent park and addition to Cuenca. Spent the summer in Cuenca last year and hope to retire there soon; this park will be a definite on my list of things to do. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Dena Haines Aug 13, 2013, 11:39 am

      Thanks Trude,

      Did you get a chance to walk along the Tomebamba river near the park? It’s a beautiful walk. We enjoy walking from the center of the city down to the Tomebamba and then ending up at the park. Drew likes to pick up an ice cream along the way, it makes for a beautiful afternoon. We will be writing about that walk in an upcoming post.

      All the best with your plans to retire in Cuenca.

  • Reese Morash Aug 13, 2013, 8:07 am

    Glad that you optimized your website for Mobile and Tablets, looks great and functions well on my android. Thanks

  • Barbara Onufer Aug 13, 2013, 7:51 am

    I love your new mobile site. It looks great on my iPad. Is that Spanish moss hanging from the trees, like we have in Charleston, South Carolina?

    • Dena Haines Aug 13, 2013, 11:00 am

      Thanks Barbara,

      No, I don’t think that is Spanish moss. The quality of that photo is not the best. I didn’t have my dSLR with me that day, just my little Canon Power Shot so the pic is a little washed out. I think what you are seeing are hanging branches, you know the kind that droop down.

      It’s a really pretty walk along the river.

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