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This City Park Wants You to Go Barefoot

Parque de los Pies Descalzos, or Barefoot Park, lies in the heart of Medellín, Colombia. The public park encourages kids and adults alike to walk barefoot to better connect with their environment.

In the mid-1990s, a three-hectare strip of land right in the middle of Medellín had become a bit of an eyesore. The semi-abandoned plot lay between some important buildings, including the Metropolitan Theater, and some heavily trafficked roads. Initial plans for redeveloping the plot of land were focused on building a parking lot. But then someone came up with a far better idea: to create a park where everyone walks barefoot.


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