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This plaza, founded in October 1909, comprises some 15,400 square meters (165,764 square feet) of local flora surrounded by cultural centers and the largest outdoor handicrafts fair in the city, La Feria de Recoleta, taking place every Sunday. The appropriately named Francia a Argentina monument at its center was donated in 1910 by France to Argentina commemorating the Centennial of the Revolution of May. The Museum of Fine Arts, monolithic National Library and imposing University Faculty of Law flank the area.
A gift to the city by Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano in 2002, this eighteen-ton flower sculpture made of steel and aluminum stands 23 meters (75.45 feet) high. It is located in the Recoleta neighborhood, placed above a reflecting water pool in the middle of a four-acre (1.61 hectare) park called the Plaza de las Naciones Unidas, or United Nations Plaza. Meticulously designed with a special electrical system, the sculpture's petals automatically open every morning at 8a and closes at sunset. Please note, it is ideal to visit after checking out the Recoleta cemetery or weekend fair, while enjoying a midday picnic or a long stroll around the park.
From the 19th Century to the middle of the 20th Century, this place functioned as a prison, measuring around twenty thousand square meters. In February of 1961 the City Hall of Buenos Aires acquired the ground, but abandoned it until 1982. In that year, the Plaza Juan Gregorio Las Heras was born, and it became a place of recreation and dissemination of information, receiving visitors in large numbers. In recent times, they have implemented a series of activities for the family. In one sector, a soccer school for boys on synthetic pasture functions every day. There is also a terrace for skaters and sufficient space for children to ride on their tricycles. There is a merry-go-round that is still quite popular with the tots. In other sectors of the park, classes of gymnastics, yoga and aerobics are held.
In the heart of the city, you'll find this little haven of green. With families, children, dogs, couples and youngsters playing, chatting and occasionally snoozing on the grass, generally enjoying the outdoors. The plaza is a great place for a family outing. With a playground and an old-fashioned carousel it's a great way to spend an afternoon out. It even has a bright, multi-colored modern fountain, which is nicely lit up in the evenings. A nice place to spend a while reading a book, or just walking around.
Amidst Palermo lies this lovely oriental park filled with fish ponds, large stands of bamboo, a beautifully crafted arched bridge and a traditional Japanese tearoom. Inaugurated in 1967 by Japanese immigrants, its current layout was designed by famed landscape artist Yasuo Onomata to resemble the surroundings of a Zen temple. The garden's five acres are occupied for the most part by an artificial lake filled with exotic fish. This place feels especially intimate because, unlike most green spaces in Buenos Aires, it's sheltered by thick foliage. The flora is composed of over 150 different species, the majority of which have been brought directly from Japan. - Pablo Waldman
Plaza Güemes is a small green space tucked unexpectedly inside an area of Palermo rich with restaurants and cafes. You can find it boxed in by Mansilla, Guatemala, Charcas and Salguero. This small space has a fairly large playground, which is always full of playing children who are safe inside the fences that protect them from the streets. Parents or anyone who wants to enjoy the outdoors can take a break on one of the many benches before heading to one of the nearby cafes. There are plenty of trees for shade and it is always full of friendly dogs trotting around.
Plazoleta de Roberto Noble is a tiny little plaza located in Palermo Chico. This small island is a refreshing green space in the midst of buildings, shops and cement. You can rest on one of the few benches, or even lie down on one of them to take in some sun. The plaza is surrounded by ice cream shops and restaurants, so it's fun to grab a snack and take a seat in the plaza to enjoy the weather. -Rease Kirchner