The Parque María Enriqueta Camarillo sits in the north of the Del Valle neighborhood in high traffic and high density area. Just a couple of blocks north of the Lázaro Cárdenas market, the park is part of the reason that Del Valle starts to feel like Colonia Roma here.
The park is bigger than it looks on a map. It includes a triangle on the other side of the Rafael Dondé Avenue. That’s where you’ll find the monument to Andrés Eloy Blanco.
- Rafael Dondé Preciat (1832–1911) was a lawyer and philanthropist who served as secretary and senior officer of the Mexican Supreme Court. He famously accompanied President Benito Juárez when the government was moved to Chihuahua during the French Intervention between 1862 and 1869. He became president of the Senate in 1876.
- María Enriqueta Camarillo y Roa de Pereyra (1872–1968) was a poet-novelist, short story writer and translator originally from Veracruz. During her lifetime, many schools and libraries were named for her because she’d written celebrated books for kids and young people. Highly decorated, she moved to France at the start of the Mexican Revolution and returned to Mexico only 35 years later.
- Andrés Eloy Blanco Meaño (1896–1955) was a Venezuelan poet and politician. An important member of the Generación del 28, he later helped found the Acción Democrática political party which transitioned Venezuela to democracy. He served as the Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs from for most of 1948. He died in Mexico City and multiple municipalities in Venezuela are named in his honor.
The Parque María Enriqueta Camarillo covers a bit more than 8,000 square meters. About 5,000 are green and planted. There’s a running track, children’s area, a multipurpose court for basketball, an outdoor gym, and a popular dog run.