The Park That Isn’t

Monday, October 9, 2017
By Martin Myall

MOT Cerro del Torro 02Nearly 5-million euros later and the new park, Cerro del Toro, to the north of Motril stands deteriorating, having never seen one single visitor – because it has never been opened.

The Junta de Andalucia pumped money into the project that would turn 225 hectares into a park: 4.5m euros in 2007, followed by another half a million in 2014.

So, why is it that after all that money had been spent that they park is a no go? Simply, the Junta and the Town Hall can’t agree on how it should be run, it seems. If there’s no agreed management strategy, then the park can’t operate… in the alternative universe of bureaucracy, that is.

So, a decade has trickled by since it was completed and nothing has changed, for the better, that is, because the town’s vandals have not been idle.

So what exactly is the problem? Well, the Junta financed it and built it and the Town Hall is supposed to sign for it as completed and ready to rock”n”roll, but they are not willing to do so until the mater of a drinking-water supply and electricity is resolved.

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As mentioned above, in 2014 the Junta used half a million eliminating the vandals’ handiwork and to patch things up in general, but even so, the Town Hall hasn’t budged.

It was the Town Hall that approached the Junta with the project in the first place; a project to generate rural employment and add another tourism asset to the town’s inventory.

The Junta thought that it was a good idea and financed turning a bare mountainside into a park with the planting of 80,000 plants from 42 different species. They built a parking area, footpaths and God knows what else, in order to turn this park into a beautiful scene of young couples jogging, the elderly strolling and children playing…

But there’s a lot underground too, because the old mine underneath was turned into a sort of mining museum. It’s closed too, but that’s another story.

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But back to the non-opened park. The Town Hall is “preoccupied” by the situation and so are trying, they say, to come to some sort of agreement with the Junta to get the park opened so that it can begin to generate income. They’ve got an idea that they are going to put forward at the next meeting with the Junta.

(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia – Photo: Still from video)

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