Sunday to Sunday 6:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m
The park is located in the premises of the old El Salitre estate, owned by José Joaquín Vargas, who donated a large portion of land to different charity organizations of the District. The first project for its recreational exploitation was outlined in 1961, and its development has been carried out in several stages. In 1968, on the occasion of the Pope Paul VI visiting Colombia, the Eucharistic Shrine and the 30-meter (98-foot) high cross were inaugurated. The tree-planting process, as well as other terrain preparation works were carried out between 1981 and 1984, and the park was named after Simón Bolívar for commemorating the second centennial of the Liberator’s birthday. The lake was filled and infrastructure works, as well as several sports and location preparation works were carried out between 1986 and 1993.
Currently, the park has an event square capable to host 60,000 people, a children playground with various games, a lake with paddle, pedal and canoe boats, acoustical shell, 4-kilometer (2.5-mile) long permanent bicycle ways, food stands, parking zone, public restrooms, and 24-hour security service. The park activities include the following: cultural and sports events, concerts, and recreational sports-related activities.