Cash to refurbish parks
By Nuria Pérez A TOTAL of nine parks in Orihuela Costa are to be revamped and repaired with a €300,000 investment.
Council spokesman Rafael Almagro said on Tuesday that the funds have come from income received from land sales between 2005 and 2014.
He noted that the spending was approved in the full council meeting in July.
Coordinator for the coast Luisa Boné admitted that the parks were in a poor condition and some of them needed new benches, children’s games and rubber playground tiles.
The plans include repairing irrigation systems and pavements, planting new shrubs and improving the gardens.
The parks chosen for the investment are in Calle Apatito in Villapiedra urbanisation, Calle Cabo Turiñan and Calle Cabo Ortegal in Lomas de Cabo Roig, Calle Limonero in Montezenia, Calle Plutón and Calle Escorpio in La Florida, Calle Baikal in Lagosol-Sector F-2 and Calle del Rocío and Calle Colón in La Zenia.
Sra Boné said contracts will be put out to tender in the next few weeks and work is due to start by January. She noted that this spending is independent of the project to include all parks and palm trees in the new maintenance contract for green areas.
“The nine parks will be covered by the new contract, once they have been ungraded,” she said. “Council officers are working on the technical requirements of the maintenance contract, which has to be put out to tender.”
Sra Boné pointed out that the town planning department had not initially agreed that all the Costa parks would be maintained by the council.
“Fortunately we have managed to include them all in the new contract because expanding it to include them afterwards would have been very complicated and we would be facing the same problem we are facing now,” she said.
The existing maintenance contract only includes 50% of the parks.
At the same time the council announced that €570,000 from land auctions will be invested in resurfacing roads and streets and repairing pavements in Campoamor, Los Dolses, Villamartín, Playa Flamenca, La Zenia, Citrus, La Florida and PAU-20.
The terms of the contract are set to be approved in next week’s council board meeting, so that the works can be put out to tender as soon as possible.
The scheme will take around four months to complete, she noted.