Portugal’s parks not up to scratch

Green areas and city centre parks in Portugal are badly equipped, insecure and noisy, according to Portuguese consumer watchdog Deco, following a major study of city centre parks.

According to an article published in the magazine Teste Saúde for August and September, Deco had analysed a number of parks in Greater Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra and Beja, and found faults in all of them. Deco concluded that Portuguese câmaras did not give “any importance” to EU rules and regulations, particularly regarding pollution, noise and safety. The report also said there was a lack of illumination at night, few rubbish bins and inadequate recreational facilities.

Between February and March of this year, Deco analysed the following parks: Porto City Park, Eduardo VII Park in Lisbon, Tejo Park and Amália Rodrigues Gardens, Lisbon, Parque Verde do Mondego, Coimbra, Parque dos Poetas, Oeiras, and Parque de Beja.