The inauguration is scheduled for 12.30 p.m. with the president of the Provincial Council, Javier A. García, a giant paella and children’s entertainment throughout the afternoon.
You can stroll through its streets and listen to the birds sing. Sit on one of the many benches along the way and enjoy the views, breathe in the clean air… Or on some days, have a coffee from the terrace of the kiosk, while your child runs among dozens of attractions. There are 11,000 square metres. One of the biggest parks in the province of Almeria and finally this March 12th it will be inaugurated after three years of work. Of more than one million euros of investment, of hundreds of hours invested by numerous workers from more than twenty companies, municipal staff and the rethinking and designing of Raúl Martínez and Emilio Cruz, mayor and councillor of Public Works and Culture, respectively.
We walked with them through the streets of the new park, just a few days before the big day arrives. “It’s been three years of work and in the end I have to admit that it has cost us a little more than we originally expected, but I think it’s been worth it. What’s more, whoever comes after us won’t find any unpaid bills like I did. This is the way to run a town, to manage the money of the people of Macael; in a prudent way, but at the same time in a way that is productive and that gives us a return. If this were not the case, it would be impossible to carry out this type of installation in a town of 5,500 inhabitants”, assures Raúl Martínez.
The Parque de las Familias, which will be inaugurated next Saturday by the President of the Provincial Council, Javier Aureliano García, started with a space, and the new installation has been designed on this land, taking care of every detail. “We have put a lot of love and enthusiasm into it, here play elements are intermingled with nature. The different terraces have been designed one by one, by age, by theme, by type of play, and all of this intermingled with trees, plants and the different zones into which the park is divided”, explains the mayor of the municipality on our tour of the new facilities.
“Inland villages are becoming depopulated. Families have fewer children, and what we try to do with this type of project is that if they decide to have them and choose us to live in, it will be a comfortable, pleasant place, and where they have services that allow them to reconcile their lives, as is also our Concilia programme. All of this is organised by the Town Council so that those who decide to have children in our town feel comfortable and happy”, adds the mayor, who recalls that “when I came to government there were two parks in use, now with this one there are nine spread throughout the different areas of the town”.
The imposing sculpture of Pachamama presides over the entrance to the complex and will also be the logo of the park. “It is the symbol of mother earth and nature, values that we want to pass on to our children. It is the work of a macaelero, Manuel Hervás, and it is very beautiful and will give identity to this place,” says Martínez proudly.
Video surveillance system, drip irrigation and enclosure of the enclosure, all automated, public address system… Traditional games are intermingled with attractions that are rarely seen. Adventure games such as a thirty-metre double zip-line, unique in the province. A children’s area with attractions for small children, musical games, games adapted for people with special needs, a nine metre by eleven metre inflatable bed, a climbing area, a bio-healthy park, a picnic area, a bar, a football pitch. And so on, a long list of attractions that we come across on our tour of the new park.
“The idea here is that my neighbours enjoy themselves. That they celebrate birthdays, that they share with family and friends. That now when the good weather arrives, it will be the best place to spend our time with the people we love” concludes the Mayor of Macael, Raúl Martínez.