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The Parque de los Periodistas Ilustres is an important park in Venustiano Carranza. It’s often glimpsed en route from the Benito Juárez International Airport. The Illustrious Journalists Park, as the name translates, is centered around a monument (pictured) to some of the most important practitioners of the craft.
Many residents affectionately refer to the park by its nickname, La Selvita, i.e.; the Little Jungle. There’s also evidence that that name may even pre-date the 1970 dedication to Francisco Morazán. He was the head of Honduras, and later, of the Federal Republic of Central America.
In 1990, the long abandoned park was rehabbed and the dedication to journalists was added. Today, some dozen journalists are honored here. Among these are a number still practicing. But the most recent was added in 2016 to honor the director of El Universal, Juan Francisco Ealy Ortiz.
The Jardín Chiapas is a twin park, just to the north of the busy Fray Servando Teresa de Mier avenue. The two parks together make up the largest green area in the area. In addition to the monument to journalists, the Parque de los Periodistas Ilustres boasts a fountain, jogging track, playground area, and 56 benches. With the Metro Fray Servando on the park’s western edge, it’s an easy one to get to. A true treasure among the Parks of Venustiano Carranza, it’s an important point for residents and visitors alike.