Central Park “Vicente García González” (ancient Parade Ground founded in 1915)

The Central Park Vicente García is the installation of its type more populous in Las Tunas city. To be located in the same vortex of its historic city center, it always exhibits great activity and concurrence. It doesn't exist in Las Tunas city a place of more popularity and charisma.

The Central Park Vicente García had as antecedent the formerly Parade Ground, inaugurated in the same place in April 3 of 1858. Here they took place fleshed combats between the Cuban troops and the Spaniards army during the liberation wars of the XIX century.

Vicente García Parade Ground

Parade Ground completed its social function for several decades. But in times of the pseudo-republic, the commandant of the Liberator Army Eduardo Vidal Fontaine, first major of Victoria de Las Tunas County, welcomed the idea of building in the area a park the same day in that assumed his public position, in 1910.

January 11 of 1911 were constituted in Las Tunas city the committee Pro Vicente García whose members collected funds to erect him a monument in this square to the well named Lion of Santa Rita.

Central Park Vicente García

After an arduous fund-raising task to carry out this purpose, the Italian company presided over by Juan Dopta, making the marble monument. Finally, the statue was inaugurated October 10 of 1915 with an act where the doctor Alfredo Zayas made a speech who years later would be President of the Republic. In the meeting the insurgent general's biographical pamphlet written by Armando Prat Lerma that comes to be the first biography of this hero was distributed.

The cost of the activities ascended to 285 pesos. August 25 of 1915, before its inauguration, the City council decided that the statue that immortalizes the Santa Rita's León was located so its front gave to the Vicente García Street, with the church from the side.

Vicente García Statue

The seats in the park were wooden and the floor of flagstones of mud. It had square form, which lost for constructive demands when going by the city in the central highway. It was necessary to slice it an angle, exactly in the place where it is today José Martí’s bust.