Parque Duarte

Parque Duarte, Santo Domingo: Address, Parque Duarte Reviews: 4.5/5

Parque Duarte
4.5
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Across the street from the Convento de los Dominicos, this small Colonial Zone park is a good choice for a relaxing break. Offering shady benches under trees, it is a popular meeting place for locals. The sculpture in the center of the park depicts Juan Pablo Duarte, one of the founding fathers of the Dominican Republic.
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Andrew M
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Park where the Trinitaria used to meet
Jan 2020
The Park Duarte is a famous location where the Trinitaria used to meet. The park is located at the intersection of Calle Padre Billini and Calle Duarte. The park is a great place to relax, with beautifully manicured greenery and many shaded areas with benches. The centerpiece of the park, is a sculpture of Duarte standing atop a high three tiered pedestal. Duarte stands with hat held in his left hand and right hand touching his heart, seemingly in the act of making a passionate speech.

At the base of the pedestal, are two sculptures, of what I assumed was Greek Gods. On the left is Nike, the Goddess of victory, who holds a garland aloft. To the right of Nike, is a sculpture of a boy with loose clothing, and left hand resting on a sword. I assumed that this was Hermes, the messenger god. Nike represents the victory of Duarte in the battle for independence. Below this area in gold letters was an inscription which stated, "Juan Pablo Duarte, founder of the DR, 1813-1838-1844-1876. These years represent the following; Duarte was born in Santo Domingo on 26 April 1813, he formed La Trinitaria on 6 July 1838, on 27 February 1844 independence was declared from Haiti and he died on 15 July 1876.

At the rear of the statue base, is a plaque titled "All for the homeland". This is a letter which Duarte wrote to his sister and mother, when he was in exile, and based in Curacao on 4 February 1844. He writes to encourage them to join the movement for independence, which his eldest brother, Vincente, and himself were a part of. He goes on to ask them to commit any resources of the family to the struggle, as their patriotic duty. Independence from Haiti was declared 23 days later. The monument was installed in 1930.

The Trintaria was formed at 255 Calle Arzobispo Nouel, which is a short walk north west of the park. The Trintaria was actually nine members who were committed to gaining independence for the DR from Haiti. In 1843, after 22 years of rule by Jean-Pierre Boyer, a major earthquake occurred in Haiti, and the harsh conditions that resulted after this disaster was a tipping point for Hatians who staged a coup against Boyer. Duarte took this opportunity to accelerate his plans for independence. The new Hatian leader, Charles Rivière-Hérard, exiled Duarte to Venezuela and jailed his supporters.

Ramón Matías Mella and Francisco del Rosario Sánchez led the nation to independence in the absence of Duarte. Duarte returned shortly after this and ran in local elections in June 1844, but lost to Pedro Santana. Pedro exiled him again to Venezuela, where Duarte died in 1876. His remains were transferred to the Dominican Republic in 1884, and lie in state at the Altar de la Patria in nearby Independence Park. Other nearby attractions include Park Billini, Parque Fray Bartolomé and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen.
Written February 11, 2020
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H. Luiz Martinez
Jersey City, NJ376 contributions
A Watering Hole for the Community and Great People Watching for Tourists
Dec 2017 • Friends
Parque Duarte, a small park in Santo Domingo, is host to many groups- modern bohemians, musicians, artists, LGBT groups, and other types hanging out in the Colonial Zone. It’s a beautiful plaza-style park named after Juan Pablo Duarte, a Founding Father of the Dominican Republic. He is most noted for supervising and financing the Dominican War of Independence, a war that gave the Dominican Republic autonomy from Haiti on February 27, 1844. A statue of Juan Pablo Duarte resides in this beautiful park as a symbol or as a reminder that they are free. In Santo Domingo today, Independence and “free” may mean many different things to many different people and this park was representative of that.

Duarte Park is best-known as a meeting place before stepping out to the late-evening nightlife Santo Domingo has to offer. Tourists congregate and hang out there too as well as many locals. My new Dominican Friends took me there as part of a media group one Friday night and that’s when I realized that Duarte Park was much more than a meeting place.

The first thing I noticed was that it appeared that LGBT groups made-up one of the smallest groups hanging out in the park. It was packed with people. I’m told Friday and Saturday night starting around 9p or so is when people start to arrive – it was 11p when we arrived and the Duarte Park was in full swing. There are a couple of spots to get a beer and even some cocktails and you can drink right there in the park. On second thought, I really don’t know if it’s legal or not, but almost everyone was drinking something or another. If you bought something, you were expected to share. If you didn’t, someone would share with you. It really was a public social gathering with a party-like atmosphere. I was asked where the media group and I were going to that night and was advised about the best clubs to go to the following night. I heard light hearted gossip about how this one got piss-drunk, what scandalous outfit that one wore, and who hooked up with who the prior night at the clubs. My new friends were so right- this was a place people gathered at before going out. Then I heard other conversations floating through the night…

So, Parque Duarte was really more than just a meet-up place before hitting the hot club spots. It’s a network where lots of information is transferred. A hotwire, if you will, of people concerned for the safety, the well-being, and the whereabouts of family, friends, and otherwise strangers like me. I liked hearing that they were all looking out for one another through this grapevine. If someone was not seen, heard of, or just missed, questions were quickly asked. If there was a problem or crime committed, that news spread quickly too. If someone fell ill, the alarm was rung and others did what they could to comfort the sick. I sensed that they self-imposed a responsibility for one another. Like they say, there’s safety in numbers. That network was necessary and vital to all those in the community and I was so very proud of them.

If you’re a tourist and need to know of safe places to venture to in Santo Domingo, be sure to hit Duarte Park to get in the know!
Written February 11, 2018
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Omar M
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Bohemian/ funky park in the heart of the zone
Feb 2017 • Friends
If you want to experience the real local, bohemian lifestyle of the Colonial Zone! You have to visit Duarte Park. All of the tourist go to Parque Colon (Columbus Park) but the locals, young Dominicans , bohemian , artist , gay Dominican community (LGBT) come to Duarte Park to relax, drink and socialize.
Written February 3, 2017
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Mike Tallman
Thurmont, MD104 contributions
Quiet & Relaxing
Oct 2016
A couple minutes walk off of the El Conde. Very beautiful and historic. Nice place to sit down for a few minutes to rest. Especially on hot sunny day because of the shade.
Written December 4, 2016
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Perkadventures
Banning, CA13,781 contributions
Daytime Visit near the Convent
Oct 2016 • Couples
Visited here on the way to Convent Church nearby. Seemed to be well maintained and very peaceful.

Duarte was conisdered to be one of the founders of the Dominican Republic and its independence from Haitian rule in 1844. Exiled many times because of his views.
Written October 22, 2016
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AlexMolier
Roissy-en-Brie, France302 contributions
Beautiful park in the middle of the colonial zone
Feb 2016 • Solo
This is the park where LGBT youth gather on Friday or Saturday night to hang out or enjoy the night. This park also contains the statue of Juan Pablo Duarte the founding father of the Dominican Republic and surrounding the park is many old and historic colonial buildings. It's a shame that this park goes unnoticed to tourist since it's just as beautiful as Parque Colon.
Written February 27, 2016
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