To get to the park known as “El Cantador” you can either take Calle de Pardo or approach from the direction of the grassy area known as “Los Pastitos”, just the other side of the Plaza de las Ranas. This park has been taken up by the townsfolk as a place to take the dog for its daily walk or to stroll with your partner, play with your kids, or just for some quiet down time. The park is a place where locals and visitors alike can enjoy the beautiful city of Guanajuato.
The park gets its name from an eighteenth century legend about a singer and musician named José Carpio, who lived in the area and was much sought-after to sing in serenades and gatherings. In 1898, the park was built from the designs of watchmaker and architect Luis Long, an Englishman who had settled in the city of León. In 1902 it was officially dubbed the “Porfirio Díaz” park, but for the townspeople, it has continued to be known as “El Jardín del Cantador” – the Singer’s Park.
The park is surrounded by a set of railings separated by pillars of green sandstone. It has four gates – one at either end and two side entrances. In the center sits a bandstand whose roof is supported by eight striated pillars topped by doric capitals. The bandstand is ringed by four fountains and two more fountains decorate the park’s broad paths.
For the Bicentenary celebrations in 2010, the park was renovated and decorated with busts of illustrious Guanajuato figures such as Jorge Ibargüengoitia, Ponciano Aguilar Frías, Florencio Antillón, Josefa Teresa de Busto y Moya, José Chávez Morado, Enrique Ruelas Espinosa, Armando Carrillo Olivares, José María Belaunzarán, Alfredo Dugés, Agustín Lanuza Romero, Manuel Leal Guerrero, Isauro Rionda Arreguín, Lucio Marmolejo, Sóstenes Rocha, Euquerio Guerrero López, Antonia del Moral and José Mariano Sardaneta y Llorente, and more besides! Now, all gathered together, they are an important reminder of these figures from Guanajuato’s past, here in the Jardín del Cantador.