The Park Sinking Between Administrations

Monday, December 8, 2014
By Martin Myall

MOT parque cerro del toro OnLOne thing is the mines above Motril, which are open to the public, and quite another is the park surrounding it, El Parque de Cerro del Torro.

This ‘lost-between-the-floorboards’ park covers 225 hectares and contains 80,000 trees and bushes belonging to 42 different species, endless paths, stunning views, toilets and bathrooms… yet… it never opened.

Things were set for the opening sometime between spring and summer 2010 but the Junta never completed it and some of the building work was a bit shoddy, so the Town Hall never accepted it – if they were going to sign for it, they wanted it finished and correctly. There was no electricity of water mains anywhere in the park, for example; i.e., washrooms without water or lights.

The years went by and vandals took an interest – the park is far from the town of Motril and nobody is up there to keep and eye on it. Consequently, some toilets have had their metal doors ripped off, amongst other things.

Then, last April, the Junta announced that it was going to spend a further 58,300 euros on top of the 4.7m already spent to ‘finish the job.’ But nothing happened.

Meanwhile, vandals continue to leave their mark…

(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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