Cuban Memorial Boulevard Park

Cuban Memorial Boulevard Park

Cuban Memorial Boulevard Park
3.5
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Arielfl
Coconut Creek, FL1,606 contributions
Jul 2023
Cuban Memorial Park is located just south of Calle Ocho along SW 13th Ave in Little Havana in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Throughout the park are a series of monuments to Cuban and Cuban American icons. The park was created to serve as a place to remember those who fought for freedom and perished during the Cuban Revolution.

At the entrance to the park is the Eternal Torch in Honor of the 2506th Brigade in honor of the exiles who died during the Bay of Pigs Invasion. The invasion during the height of the Cold War in April of 1961 was a failed military military operation on the southwest coast of Cuba led by the Cuban Democratic Revolutionary Front, a group of Cuban exiles who attempted to overthrow Fidel Castro. The monument was dedicated in 1971 as an Eternal Torch that burns for those who fell fighting for freedom in the Cuban Revolution.

Other monuments in the park include a silhouette of a soldier dedicated to the anti-communist guerrilla that took place in Cuba from 1960-1966. This memorial honors the men and women who fought with weapons against the Castro regime. Near by is bronze statue of Nestor "Tony" Izquierdo, who was a Cuban revolutionary hero. A few steps down is a statue of the Virgin Mary, important for members of the Santeria faith It is said that the statue is illuminated by a shaft of holy light every afternoon. Also sacred to the religion is a huge ceiba tree in the middle of the park. Other monuments include a map of Cuba with a quote from José Martí and a José Martí memorial dedicated to a man considered to be a Cuban national hero. Many parks and monuments throughout South Florida are named in his honor. He was a poet, revolutionary philosopher, writer, journalist, translator, professor, and publisher. He dedicated his life to the promotion of liberty and political independence for Cuba. His death during a battle against Spanish troops at the Battle of Dos Ríos was used to rally people to the cause of the independence of Cuba from Spain.

Cuban Memorial Park serves as a hub for the Calle Ocho Music Festival, a festival featuring music, dancing, art and food. The park has also been the site of many political demonstrations through the years.
Written 29 July 2023
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psudino
Weehawken, NJ4,126 contributions
Mar 2022
I must agree with the other review titled "Neglected". There is so much potential here but the area needs some real TLC. The weeds, the cracks, and some of the abandoned homes does not make this a desirable place to visit. The rest of Little Havana looks like a postcard, meanwhile this park with so much to say and commemorate looks forsaken.
Written 4 January 2023
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Isabella
Apollo Bay, Australia9 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
Little Havana is popular but this end of the touristic place shows signs of neglect all around. A fresh coat of paint and weed out between the tiles would make it look a bit better.
Written 9 July 2022
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rkatao
Seattle, WA375 contributions
Mar 2020
Several monuments in the park including one to the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Not a high water mark of US diplomacy but fighters did sacrifice for independence from the communist regime.
Written 16 March 2020
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Lolly’s Look
New York City, NY12,819 contributions
Nov 2019
The Cuban Memorial Park is a memorial to those who fought for Cuban independence. It’s a green area with an eternal flame to memorialize the heroes
Written 28 November 2019
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Andrew M
7,280 contributions
Sept 2019
The Cuban Memorial Boulevard Park is located at the end of the historic Calle Ocho in Little Havana. It is at the intersection of SW 8th Street and SW 13th Avenue, and is easily reached by taxi or bus. It's most recognisable landmark is the Bay of Pigs monument at the northern end of the park. The tree lined boulevard stretches from 8th to 22nd Street, but the many monuments and sculptures are restricted to the first three blocks i.e. ending at 12th Street.

If you walk from north to south, the first monument after passing the Bay of Pigs memorial, is a bust of Manolo Fernandez. He was known as "El Caballero del Tango", and is known as one of the most famous Tango musicians. He lived between 1922-1986, and escaped from Cuba in 1959, before settling in Miami. The next monument is a sculpture of Nestor Izquierdo with M16 rifle in hand. He was a leading member of Brigade 2506, and lived between 1936-1979. The sculptor was Tony Lopez, and it was installed in 2001.

The next monument is a white plaque which recognises the 100th anniversary of the death of Jose Marti i.e. 1995. Jose Marti was the leader of the Cuban war of independence. The plaque was donated by the Knights of Columbus organisation. A sacred area of the Park is just beyond this, as a statue of Mary, who is the symbol of the Catholic Church, stands beneath a Ceiba tree. This is a symbolic area, as the Ceiba Tree is sacred to the Santería religion, which is popular amongst Cubans. Offerings may be seen at the roots of the tree. Mary represents the strong bond of Cubans with catholicism. This sculpture was dedicated in 1957.

A map of Cuba is next with the Jose Marti quote "the country is agony and duty" beneath. To the right of the map, is another quote from Jose Marti. At the end of the street is a black marble plaque, which is a monument to Cuban women political prisoners. It is behind a tall tree and can be easily missed. Next is the bust of Antonio Maceo Grajales, who is also known as the "Bronze Titan". He lived between 1845-1896, and fought in both the 10 year war and Cuban war of independence. He died in battle and was buried in Havana. Monuments are also dedicated to his memory in Havana and Santiago.

The Square of Cuban journalists is in the final section of the monuments displayed in the Park. It consists of a triangular shaped monument with a Cuban Flag at the top, and the names of many journalists who were persecuted below. A strange boat shaped monument with a bust of the most famous of Cuban journalists, Salvador Diaz-Verson, is also in this area. The final monument is in the middle of a USA and Cuban Flag, and depicts two hands holding a torch. We thought that it symbolised goodwill between Cuba and America, but there was a brown flag partly hidden by the trees which stated "prisoners house". We were not sure what this meant.

This is a great place to stroll and learn about Cuban history, although it is in a "forgotten" area of Little Havana.
Written 3 October 2019
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