The Urban Planning Management of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council has issued a favorable report, dated November 6, in relation to the project to reform the Plaza del Parque La Granja, right in the space included in the bar-cafeteria area located in the buildings and areas attached to the Citizen Services Office of said capital enclave. An ambitious remodeling project for this public space, currently in a state of disrepair, which has a base tender budget of 1,528,564.59 euros.
The file relating to the project to reform the Parque La Granja plaza, which was approved at the City Control Board, held last Monday, highlights among its lines of action the reactivation of free public space for its full use by of the citizen, reactivating an area that is currently not in full use.
Likewise, the project includes the improvement of the finishes of pavements that are in an advanced state of deterioration; the elimination of physical and communication barriers to generate an accessible space, in addition to allowing comprehensive accessibility to the immediate platforms of the park that are attached to the perimeter of the intervention, or the creation of new green areas that reduce the aridity of the space and allow the creation of new shaded areas, which invite permanence and enjoyment of the capital’s park.
On the other hand, the reform project, as well as the addenda included in it, emphasize providing the space with permanence areas with urban furniture that invite the creation of meeting areas. To this end, lighting works will be carried out, so that its use is safe during nighttime hours. Likewise, green areas and shaded areas will be enhanced to guarantee the permanence and enjoyment of this space with native flora.
Another action contemplated in the reform involves recovering the original meaning of the concrete structure, with its planters and the waterfall and, in addition, the concept of a closed or inconspicuous place will be eliminated, turning the Park into an accessible and visible space. .
The mayor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, José Manuel Bermúdez, highlighted that “this action will allow the consolidation of a new recreation and meeting space in one of the enclaves of the city center, so La Granja Park will have more native vegetation, more shaded areas and the recovery of its planters and waterfalls.”
For his part, Javier Rivero, Councilor for Infrastructure of the City Council, clarified that “this execution is part of the project called Renovation of the Plaza del Parque La Granja, which includes the corresponding documents as well as the updated prices, both written by the Technical Service of Urban Projects and Infrastructures”.
In this regard, he stated that “at the same time he also has the addendum to the Project for the Reform of the Buildings and Areas attached to the Citizen Information and Attention Office (OIAC) within La Granja Park”, once Urban Planning has given light green to the project after reviewing the applicable natural, territorial and urban resource management regulations, without prejudice to the rest of the reports, authorizations and procedures that are appropriate in accordance with the applicable sectoral legislation.
The La Granja Park project began in 1969, works that would be completed in 1976 to create a large space for practicing sports, games or walks. It is one of the largest urban parks in the Canary Islands and its name comes from an old botanical installation that was located in the city. Inside it maintains a large number of tree species, both exotic and typical of the Islands. Thanks to its large area, around 64,000 square meters, its paths and garden areas made it one of the main points for leisure in the city center.
It has several sculptures inside, but the Autonomous Organization of Culture of the City Council plans to relocate another large sculpture in La Granja, although there is still no exact date for its execution.
This is the work Penetrable by Jesús Soto, which was part of the 1st International Exhibition of Street Sculpture, although the wrong and sometimes aggressive use of the piece by some users caused it to deteriorate rapidly.
Years later it was rebuilt to be incorporated into the 2nd International Exhibition in 1994, on the occasion of the V Centennial of the Foundation of the City of Santa Cruz, although over time, it suffered the same fate as the first time, so it was agreed dismantle it permanently. It is currently located in the Tenerife Space for the Arts (TEA).