Total facelift for major park in the region

news: Total facelift for major park in the region

A MINIMUM of half a million euros is being spent on upgrading the Jardim da Alameda João de Deus in Faro, one of the Algarve’s major parks. The refurbishment programme is already in progress and due to the amount of work involved, the park has been temporarily closed and is not due to re-open until June.

This charming park dates back to 1848 and has long proved a popular leisure area for all ages. Its abundance of palm trees offer welcome relief for those wishing to take a walk out of the hot sun, and its strolling peacocks and duck pond further add to its tranquil appeal. Unfortunately, though, the park has become rather dilapidated in recent years and Faro Câmara considers that, as well as a renovation, it also needs to be reorganised to make better use of the available space.

Two years of careful preparation have gone into this project, which allows for the planting of 200 new trees and bushes. The crazy golf is to be remodelled and two new sports grounds are being constructed. A new pond is being built for the park’s swans and ducks, and the cages that house the rabbits, guinea pigs and collection of budgerigars are to be fully restored.

Visitors will soon be able to enjoy lunch at the park thanks to the construction of a restaurant, and children are sure to be delighted with the new play equipment that is planned. The Jardim Romântico do Caracol, which had definitely not been looking very romantic recently, is now to be renovated and given water features and new plants. Pathways and pavements are to receive attention and 74 new benches, 20 rubbish bins and six tables will be added.

The park’s historic buildings are being renovated and it is understood that a waterfall is being constructed to help minimise exterior noise. Finally, a new multipurpose area is going to be created to stage shows and exhibitions. Caroline Cunha