Mijas town hall is planning the construction of the largest suburban park in the province of Malaga. The project, which will occupy 350,000 square metres of land, almost double the size of La Paloma park in Benalmádena, will require between 3.5 and five million euros of investment.
Construction should get under way in 2018 in the El Ahogadero areas of Las Lagunas. The park will be accessible via the road which goes to the racecourse, as well as the old road to Coín. There will be two entrances and three car parks.
This ambitious project was announced on Tuesday by the town’s mayor, Juan Carlos Maldonado, who confirmed that the majority of funding would come from the town hall, though the participation and support of other entities would be sought out.
“The new park will be the beating heart of the Costa del Sol and a new hallmark for Mijas. The idea is that it will have everything for a family day out,” said the mayor.
He was accompanied at the presentation by councillors Andrés Ruiz, José Carlos Martín and Roy Pérez, responsible for Urban Planning, Infrastructure and Parks and Gardens, respectively.
Works are expected to start in 2018 as “projects of this type require more time than others, owing to their characteristics,” said Martín.
Pérez added:“This will be the biggest in the province and will be one of the best parks in Andalucía and all of Spain.”
According to initial plans, the park will have woods and gardens, running tracks, cycle lanes, a skatepark and climbing wall. There will also be a boating lake with a bridge, fountains, kiosks, a pavillion and an open-air theatre for concerts and productions. What’s more, there will be a large children’s area which will include water rides.
The theme will be Andalusian, with several cultural references to Mijas.