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Bosque Urbano de San Patricio: A Little Forest in the City

6/21- Volunteers and groups did a great job cleaning up forest and it has now reopened with a limited schedule and occupancy and it will be visits by appointment only! Wed- Fri 9am-3pm, and the last Saturday of every month 9am-3pm.

I think nature is amazing, how it slowly and quietly rejuvenates, and how it always wins. This is true of anything it touches. The Bosque Urbano de San Patricio is a great example of nature reclaiming a concrete jungle. This park is a nice place to walk around, or bike with the family.

In the 1960s, this area was used as a housing area for the US Navy, with roads, sidewalks, and concrete houses. By the end of the 1970s, the buildings were demolished and the housing development was abandoned. After many years, the area was protected to let is become a forested area — a preserved open space for future generations. The Departamento De Recursos Naturales y Ambientales (DRNA) is in charge of the area, and it is well maintained.

Bosque San Patricio

Our Visit

I did not know the history (or anything) about this forest when we went to visit. It is at the end of a street … just the gate and a sign. You park on the street, and walk in. The gates may be open at some time, I don’t know, but there is handicapped parking inside.

There is a map of the forest as you walk in … it was a bit confusing to us … all the trails are straight from one end to another. As we walked, we could see piles of rubble, sidewalks, sewer grates, and even old fire hydrants. It really gave us the creeps … a “Planet of the Apes” feel! But it was quiet, there were birds everywhere, and there was quite a healthy mixture of plants and trees.

Later, after a little research, we realized what it was, and it makes perfect sense! The “trails” are the old paved roads through the housing development. The forest is moving in and covering all the rubble piles of the old buildings. Many of the landscaping plants are now mixing in with the wild plants. It is a forest, and if you look closely, you see how nature will beautify even the ugliest things left behind by humans.

While we were there, we saw a few families, some kids on bikes, parents pushing strollers, and people walking their dogs. Everyone enjoying themselves. It was a nice way to spend an hour. I have seen prettier forest areas in Puerto Rico, but this one was interesting!

One noteworthy thing is that, since a lot of it is paved, there are a decent amount of “trails” that are wheelchair accessible.

Details

There is no admission fee to use this park.

By appointment only! Call 787-268-5353 or 211 in PR for info. Wed- Fri 9am-3pm and the last Saturday of every month. 9am-3pm.

Check out their Facebook page for the most recent developments.

From Calle Roosevelt (Route 23), turn at the gas station and Los Borinquen Towers onto Calle Ensenada, and contine to the end to the park gate. Park on the street, and make sure not to block anyone’s driveway.

We are in the process of updating the maps we use on our web site. While we're working on that, you can click on the GPS coordinates below to view the location on Google Maps ...

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I believe that the personnel mentioned by Mr. Robert, were gone by the time we lived there. I recall the community center and the out door movie area. There was also a bar with a sidling door so that dependent mirrors could buy a soda. Also a small PX. Library across the street. We would always attend mass outside the housing area. The walk was long and my mother made us wear heels and nylons, with a black head veil, not fun. The church is still there and on recent trip to Puerto Rico , we all wore pair of heels and nylons and walk to mass with my two( two of six) of sisters, it was fun. Haven't done that in years. My father retired after 30 years. Puerto Rico was one the best. We all attend Buchanan High School.

Comment by Robertajune Driesen on 26 Jul 2021

I LIVED AT L9B IN 1959 WITH MY WIFE AND 2 CHILDREN. I REMEMBER "CHICO" THE BUS DRIVER ALSO HUNG OUT WITH THE PRATTS, WAINWRIGHT AND ENNIS. REMEMBER MRS BUTLER WHO SOLD BREAD OUT OF HER HOME NEAR THE COMMUNITY BLDG?

Comment by ROBERT FILLEBROWN on 28 May 2021

Yes, I lived their also in 1967-1968. The structures were small flat roof concrete housing screen porch , three and one bedroom units or double two's. And fondly recall the donuts which were sold through an opening in the fence. They were glazed and served hot for 6 cents each. Also the fruit and vegetable truck that can through. We lived on "H" street. So long ago. It was pleasant place to live as a military dependent. I recall having to walk from San Pat housing to a church over a mile or so maybe longer in heels with nylons, head veil it was hot and sticky. I enjoyed that time in Puerto Rico, the people, the food, the beaches, and the rich culture. I have traveled back several times and it has changed of course. The gray Naval bus, "Chico" was the driver, he was a gentlemen. Naval Air to Fort Buchanan and back.

Comment by Robertajune on 10 Nov 2020

I used to live in the Bosque when I arrived to Puerto Rico in the late 60's early 70's. This used to be a Military base like the one in Miramar now disappeared and Fort Buchanan. I remember living behind some houses from San Patricio area and Donas Aymat if I recall correctly have their shop and used to sell us donuts through the fences. The based was little by little abandoned and thieves start to take all that was left and at one point while living at the house in the street that get you to the Zona 1 Civil Defense headquarters a man get in to our house to escalate and I was with my mom, aunt and grandmother in that room and my mom saw the guy in mask and scream waking up everyone in the house and my cousins in the other room. After that we left the base and moved to Bayamon and never came back. Even though I was a little kid I remember many things of this place. My mom used to walk down to the end of the street to a pay phone so she can call her boyfriend now my stepdad before getting married.

Comment by Arthur Warrren on 21 Sep 2020

This is an interesting use for former Naval housing that was very basic. It looks very primitive now but beautiful. We lived in San Patricio until June 1969 when we were encouraged to move because it would be closed. Our address was D19B which was just a few streets in from the gate. There was a small exchange and outdoor movies were shown at night behind the building. I think there was also a place where we ordered pizzas. My son attended a daycare just outside the gate, Missy Daisy's Children's Garden. Some good memories of being on our own a long way from home.

Comment by lynn on 29 Jun 2020

OMG- I used to live in San Pat! I always wondered what happened to it after everything closed. We had a hydrant exactly like the one in the picture just past our duplex. Thank you for the trip down memory lane.

Comment by William Love on 08 Aug 2019

No, not yet.

Comment by Gwenn on 28 Oct 2018

Is Bosque Urbano de San Patricio opened for visitors? What days and hours?

Comment by Jose Pizarro on 27 Oct 2018

thanks! Fixed!

Comment by Gwenn on 20 May 2017

Your blog says "Bosque Urbana" I should be "Urbano". However, its oficial name is Bosque Estatal de San Patricio.

Comment by Alberto Rodriguez on 20 May 2017

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