New artificial beach park opens in Rio de Janeiro

A new 'artificial beach' recreational park, Praia de Rocha Miranda, opened Monday at Parque Madureira in Rio de Janeiro's Zona Norte (North Zone).

Parque Madureira, Rio de Janeiro.

Parque Madureira, Rio de Janeiro. Image by Juliana Braganca / CC BY 2.0

The 500 sq. km. park features sand, three artificial waterfalls and a shallow pool. With route changes to public transportation making it difficult for residents of the area to access the beaches of the city's Zona Sul (South Zone), the park provides a quality beach-like space for locals. The Parque Madureira project is also home to a football court, fitness center, garden, playground, and the 2016 Olympic rings structure. Read more: