By Erica Sosa
If you want to get some exercise outside the confines of the hotel gym, or just join Tapatians (natives of Guadalajara) relaxing and enjoying the outdoors, head over to the Metropolitan Park (“Parque Metropolitano” Av. Beethoven #5800 “La Estancia” District in Zapopan.
The park, opened in 1997 to help celebrate the 455th anniversary of the city’s founding, provides everything from a cafeteria to bike and trampoline rentals, a plant nursery and a children’s playground. It is especially busy on weekends, especially Sundays, when families and young people have picnics or barbecues while the kids play soccer, jump on the trampolines or learn how to ride their bikes in the 4000 meter cycling circuit.
If you are in the “Americana” district on a Sunday you can bike all the way to the park through “Vallarta Avenue” which is closed on Sundays for people to exercise in the “Via Recreactiva”.
Mario Arturo Leandro, an executive administrator, and his girlfriend Cristina Anguiano bike to the park with their dog almost every weekend, finding it a safe way to get some exercise without the hassle of traffic.
Nearby you’ll find the ScotiaBank Aquatic Center (Centro Acuático ScotiaBank) which was opened during the Panamerican Games that attracted athletes from across Latin America. The center, at Ecónomos # 6600 five kilometers from the Panamerican Village, was designed to create a “wavy” impression that extends to the lobby and the pools. The Center can accommodate about 3,500 people and features two 50 meter swimming pools.