The Utopia Quetzalcoatl is one of the most urban and smallest of the 12 Iztapalapa Utopias. It’s named for, and an essential part of, the Desarrollo Urbano Quetzalcoatl, the most densely populated part of Iztapalapa. The three irregularly shaped sections of the development are home to some 66,000 residents. That makes the Utopia here one of the most important.
Like all of the Utopias, this one offers a range of cultural and recreational activities. Because the neighborhood was already so densely populated, this one needed to be built in several spaces. It was the first Utopia to rely on a modular plan for construction. In some cases, various units are connected by linear parks. These offer important protection to trees (some of the oldest trees in the area) and rainwater collection points. Along the way, visitors find classrooms, and areas for coexistence, learning, and recreation.
Utopia Quetzalcoatl includes some 25,000 square meters of social, cultural, and sports infrastructure. The semi-Olympic pool is on the site of the old Foro Cultural Quetzalpilli. But there’s also a skating rink, a jogging track, a boxing gym, a fitness center, and a climbing wall. The library plane, one of three in Iztapalapa includes a digital collection of books and spaces for reading and study.
The complex also includes spaces for rehabilitation and classrooms for the study of cultural and artistic pursuits, music and more. The day care center is of particular importance to area residents with younger kids.
The main part of the park is on the same block as the Cablebús station and thus, the Mercado D.U. Quetzalcoatl is there too. To the north (at the corner of C. Villa Feliche) is the Airplane, with a number of installations along the linear parque to the east. This is the former Hugo Chavez Park. Other parts of the development are east along Avs. Villa Cid and Villa Franqueza. That’s the main avenue leading east to the Estancia Mine, and the Xaltepec Volcano.