New park revamps Lagos

Lagos Câmara has approved a project aimed at revamping the zone around the city walls and constructing a new green area. Part of the POLIS development plan, O Parque da Cidade project, which is forecast to cost around 2,400,000 euros, aims to establish a harmonious connection between the city’s historic and modern quarters. The government and the câmara will jointly finance the scheme.

Once the Parque is complete, the old city walls will serve as a connection point between the old and the new parts of the city. According to Lagos Câmara president, Júlio Barroso, the city urgently needs a leisure space. “For a long time we have felt the need to create an equipped green area where residents and visitors can stroll, socialise and enjoy leisure activities,” he said. An underground car park, containing 708 places, is also envisaged for the area.

The Parque will be built between Estrada da Ponta da Piedade, Rua José Afonso/Gafaria and Rua Biker, and is the second phase of Lagos’ urban plan. According to a Câmara spokesman, “it is a co-ordinated attempt to give life to the green zone that will surround the external perimeter of the town’s walls”. This will be followed by a third phase, due to start when the funds are available.

Work on the project is due to begin this summer and, if all goes according to plan, the Parque da Cidade will become a reality by 2005.