11/02/2018 Society

Republic of Children: the Argentine park that inspired Walt Disney recovers after years of abandonment

After 25 years without maintenance work, several of the buildings and other attractions of the complex were restored, which was inaugurated in 1951, when the creator of the mouse Mickey visited.

 

La Plata, Buenos Aires (photo file taken on November 29, 2017) .- The Republic of Children, created during the government of General Juan Domingo Perón, in La Plata, the capital of the province of Buenos Aires.
Daniel Goro / ARCHIVE LANA (11/29/2017)
 
 
 
 

In those years of brilliance and splendor, the Children's Republic was so ambitious that it would have served as an inspiration for Walt Disney to create his park in the state of California. Juan Domingo Perón cut the tapes on November 26, 1951 and presented himself as the largest thematic children's complex in Latin America.

Crossed by the same crises and turbulences of the Republic - to dry - the traditional property located in the heart of Gonnet, north of the Buenosairean capital, was losing luster and attractive until being on the verge of abandonment.

Crossed by the same crises and turbulences of the Republic - to dry - the traditional property located in the heart of Gonnet, north of the Buenosairean capital, was losing luster and attractive until being on the verge of abandonment.

 
 

 

La Plata, Buenos Aires (photo file taken on November 29, 2017) .- The Republic of Children, created during the government of General Juan Domingo Perón, in La Plata, the capital of the province of Buenos Aires.
Daniel Goro / ARCHIVE LANA (11/29/2017)
 
 
 
 

Last year, a recovery plan began to return some of the magic lost to the children's entertainment center. The municipality of La Plata, which manages the complex, ordered an investment of 80 million pesos to recover buildings, condition the toilets, beautify the buildings and remodel the gastronomic sector that operates in the "civic center" of this miniature city.

The arrival of a plane that was dismantled in the hangars of Ezeiza and that will become one of the shows for children is part of one of the milestones of this reconstruction project.

 

 

La Plata, Buenos Aires (photo file taken on November 29, 2017) .- The Republic of Children, created during the government of General Juan Domingo Perón, in La Plata, the capital of the province of Buenos Aires.
Daniel Goro / ARCHIVE LANA (11/29/2017)
 
 
 

In these hours you enter the "high season" for "the Repu". In winter 2016, 200 thousand people visited it. This year they hope to increase that number, starting with the opening and opening of new attractions.

The entrance arch on the Centennial road and 501 already looks new again. It is finished the value of the Chapel, with the image of the Virgin of Lourdes; the squares with new games were renewed and in the second week of the school recess the Airport will be inaugurated, with axis in the historical Boeing 737 (ex- Tango 01 and that transferred soldiers to Malvinas in 1982) and there will be a flight simulator and a museum on the history of Argentine aviation.

"For the first time in more than 25 years we repaired the roofs and walls of buildings respecting the original project. The football stadium was rehabilitated and the aerobic circuit was reconditioned, "the director of the entity that manages the Republic, Manuel Wirtz, told Clarín.

At the end of the road, 150 million pesos will have been dumped. But in the commune clarify that part of that money will put the private activity. "Together with the Chamber of Gastronomic Entrepreneurs of the City, collaboration was agreed to develop the gastronomic circuit that will have 12 new premises. There are already some projects installed and others that will soon be ready, "clarified the Undersecretary of Culture and Municipal Education, Gustavo Silva.

 

 

La Plata, Buenos Aires (photo file taken on November 29, 2017) .- The Republic of Children, created during the government of General Juan Domingo Perón, in La Plata, the capital of the province of Buenos Aires.
Daniel Goro / ARCHIVE LANA (11/29/2017)
 
 
 
 

What places are opening for this vacation? The Cathedral, the National Bank, the educational farm, the "headquarters" of YPF and the Puppet Museum have the end of work. In all these spaces there are recreational and formative activities. The project includes the repair and recovery of 21 buildings. The colorful domes that give the Republic its identity can still be surrounded by scaffolding. The "refoundation" of the theme park will be completed by the end of August, according to the authorities.

There are 53 hectares that awaken magic among the youngest. It is only 40 minutes from downtown Buenos Aires and general admission costs 20 pesos. Parking 10

The idea of the first Peronism was imposed on lands that belonged to the old golf course of the "Swift Golf Club" for the English refrigerators settled in the region. Construction began in 1949 during the governorship of Colonel Domingo Mercante. In the building worked 1,600 workers who were staying in the barracks within the same property.

The Republic of Children was founded with a double purpose: creative entertainment and learning to exercise the rights and obligations of a democratic country.

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