Alvalade gardens to be given facelift

A VAST area of open parkland in the centre of Lisbon has been closed to the public for improvements. The Parque de Alvalade, which covers 10 hectares, was closed on January 5 to allow work to be carried out to repair its many pathways.

The work, expected to continue until the end of March, will cost the Câmara 125,000 euros and will restore two kilometres of paths. According to the council’s officer for the environment and green open spaces, António Prôa, the work forms part of a Câmara policy to improve, replant and refurbish most of the city’s green recreational spaces. “The objective is to make these parks more attractive and inviting to Lisbon citizens,” he said at a recent council meeting.