REYNOSA, Tamaulipas – PEMEX is going to convert part of an old gas processing complex into a mega park that will be called Reynosa Refinery Park.

The director general of Petróleos Mexicanos, José Antonio González Anaya, signed an agreement with the Governor of Tamaulipas, Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca. Sixteen out of the 32-hectare complex will be converted to green space, they agreed. The refinery closed in 2006.

“The completion of a mega park in these facilities will improve the quality of life of the inhabitants of Reynosa and the region, González said. “This will allow Pemex to contribute to the region not only with salaries but with recreation and leisure areas.”

González said the old refinery complex brings back special memories. “Pemex will continue to contribute to the economic development of this region, the energy sector will continue to contribute,” he said.

García Cabeza de Vaca said the space would be used for family activities, culture, recreation and sports. He said construction of the mega park will begin in the third quarter of 2018 and would include a community arts center, a viewing tower area, an arts school, library, outdoor auditorium, parks and gardens.

García Cabeza de Vaca said that refinery was historic, not only for those in the oil and gas industry but also for the population of Reynosa as a whole.

“It will give a new face to the region as well as contribute to the reconstruction of the social fabric, family well-being and community development,” García Cabeza de Vaca said.