Throughout the park, bike paths and walking paths crisscross rolling green meadows. There are playing fields and courts, a play ground, a botanical garden with a lagoon and a plant nursery, a forest with native species of trees, and various historically significant buildings. All radiates out from the parks crown jewel, a sprawling glass portico with an octagonal cupola that serves as its Centro Cultural.
The park boasts a wide range of recreational activities and cultural events on the weekends as well. Bikes are available for rent; there are free educational tours in multiple languages starting at the Information Center; and, beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Yoga, Tai-Chai, Reiki, and traditional dance classes are held at La Casa Piedrahita.
According Perez, just four years ago, Parque Ichimbía served as an unplanned garbage dump and a home to squatters. Since 1995, several non-governmental organizations have worked together with the municipality to transform it into one of Quitos principal cultural attractions.
Now, the park integrates every type of restoration imaginablearchitectural, ecological, and historical. Its artificial lagoon and native plants attract hundreds of species of birds and other animals. In Perezs words, "The park is an attempt to recuperate a little of what Quito was 200 years ago."