Creation

The proposal to create a protected area in what today is the Metropolitan Natural Park (MNP) originated in the first Soil Management Plan for the Panama Canal Area in 1974.

In 1983 the area where the Park is today was declared Curundu Recreational area and after a presidential visit, the MNP was created by means of law No. 8 on July 5, 1985.

Location

The MNP is located in Panama City, Ancon district, between Ascanio Villalaz Av., Amistad Road and the Curundu River. MNP is the only protected area in Central America located within city boundaries.

The MNP is part of the Biological Corridor located along the east shore of the Panama Canal, which includes the Camino de Cruces and Soberania National Parks. The existence of this extensive protected rainforest along with others, such as Chagres National Park, ensures the efficiency of the Panama Canal which requires large quantities of water for its operation, and also provides drinking water for Panama, Colon and Chorrera.

Area

The MNP covers 232 hectares + 1.159.43 m2. Throughout Central America the MNP is one of the few tropical dry forests on the Pacific Coast that remains. MNP is home to a rich biodiversity: there have been recorded about 284 species of trees, 45 species of mammals, 254 species of birds, reptiles and amphibians.

Objectives

  • Preserve a natural area within the City which will contribute to the maintenance of the balance between the Park’s environment and the urban area, reducing pollution and maintaining a healthy environment.
  • Help improve the quality of life of our citizens by offering a natural area for outdoor recreation.
  • Provide facilities for environmental education, environmental interpretation, guided recreation, ecological research and related cultural-scientific activities.
  • Protect the biological integrity of the Curundu River.
  • Conserve natural resources, native flora and fauna.
  • Protect the Panama Canal watershed.