The planned 'Corredor Verde' (Green Corridor) country park the length of the Guadalhorce valley is one of the star projects of the Diputación de Malaga provincial authority.
As part of the first stages, the Diputación has approved the spending of just over 800,000 euros for a wooden footbridge over the river inland at Álora.
The new structure, which has been called for by residents, will link the Puente neighbourhood with the houses around the railway station. A previous crossing was damaged in storms and residents currently have to make a detour along the main road Álora-Malaga road.
Announcing the investment, Francisco Salado, Diputación President, highlighted the rich and varied diversity of all the Guadalhorce valley and how the planned Green Corridor would help the local economy.
The route will eventually affect eight municipalities which the river runs through from the Caminito del Rey gorge tourist attraction to the estuary nature reserve close to Malaga Airport. Places involved include: Álora, Ardales, Pizarra, Coín, Alhaurín el Grande, Cártama, Alhaurín de la Torre and Malaga city.
The full plan is expected to cost some 200 million euros, which will be invested in phases over several years. When complete, it will be the biggest riverside country park in Spain.