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by Ricardo Alberto Pérez

I have always preferred and admired cities that protect and encourage their “green assets,” or in other words, their botanical diversity. The quality of our lives would not be the same without it. Call them forests, gardens, farms or parks, those areas are important for the metabolism of societies that respect their citizens and contribute to their leisure time and spiritual balance.

Fortunately we Cubans are lucky to have a capital city today that well illustrates such ideas. Every one of its municipalities has a remarkable number of parks and squares with abundant tree and shrub growth. Habana Vieja, Vedado, Diez de Octubre and Playa are among the best municipalities for this and it is an interesting phenomenon speaking volumes about the urban richness San Cristobal de La Habana possesses. An interesting fact is that the parks and plazas of all these municipalities have features that differentiate them noticeably from each other and at the same time play a part in personalizing and enriching the dynamics of the municipalities.

When we talk about the verdant lungs of our Caribbean Paradise we have to stress the leading role that is played by Havana’s large green nuclei: the Cuban National Botanical Gardens, the Parque etropolitano (also known as El Bosque de La Habana, or Forest of Havana), La Quinta de los Molinos, Monte Barreto and Lenin Park.

Whenever I talk to people my own age in the capital, we share childhood experiences that took place during a time when efforts were being made to promote projects to develop those forestry reserves. We were lucky enough to witness the inauguration of those natural complexes that

Thanks to LaHabana.com for this article.

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