With banners with messages such as 'Nerja needs parks', 'We don't vote but we play' or 'If we don't have a park, where do we have fun?', around fifty residents, including parents and children, protested on Wednesday afternoon in Nerja against the "terrible state" of several of the town's playgrounds.
At the gates of the Verano Azul playground, which has been closed since last April due to the poor state of its equipment, parents asked councillors to repair the facilities once and for all "because it is not right for our children to have play in a place like this, abandoned and unsafe," said África Fernández, one of the mothers.
Parents Pilar Jiménez and Mari Ángeles Sánchez said that there have been "several accidents" involving children in recent years. "It was closed after a girl got her leg caught on a piece of wood in April. They promised us that it would be fixed in September. The month is about to end and they have done nothing at all," complained Sánchez.
The councillor for Operational Services, Gema García, replied that at the end of April the town hall announced that all the children's playgrounds in the town would be repaired by a specialised company.
However, the council took the decision to close the Verano Azul playground for safety reasons because it was "so deteriorated". "We are working to go out to tender for a new playground, which will also have adapted games," García announced.
The mayor was not able to say when the work would be completed by.