Park shade proposal rejected
By James Langton A PROPOSAL put forward by the opposition Ciudadanos party in Fuengirola calling for local playgrounds to be covered with canopies to protect children from the sun was rejected by the town’s ruling party, the Partido Popular, at a council meeting last week.
The opposition party had been calling for the canopies to be installed in certain park areas, including the Parque de Poniente near the Castillo Sohail, in order to make them more suitable for children to play in during the hottest hours of months.
Local Ciudadanos leader Javier Toro said that “with the temperatures that we have in the municipality in spring and summer, children playing on equipment in parks becomes an activity posing a risk to their health, due to solar radiation”. The claims were backed up by images on the Ciudadanos Fuengirola Facebook page, showing the temperature of uncovered park equipment and flooring exceed- the summer ing 75 degrees Celsius.
The party also says it explained its proposal to the Spanish Cancer Association (AECC), which expressed its support for the measure.
Sr Toro added that the canopy shading would have made play areas “a more comfortable environment, and extended their hours of use”.
PP councillor María Jesús Pascual said the proposal was rejected last week due to its potential cost, which the party said could have exceeded €1.5 million, and added that health agencies recommend that children shouldn’t play in parks or on beaches during the hottest hours of the day (2pm-5pm).
The Parque de Poniente playground