Barcelona will have nine new super playing areas and more water spaces


  • The City Council announces an investment of 18 million until 2024 in children’s play areas

  • Three of the superareas will be active in January 2013.

In Barcelona there are currently 906 children’s play areas and the city council, which activated a program in 2018 to promote the offer of these spaces for children – called ‘Barcelona dona molt de joc’ – has renovated or created 103 since then. According to the plan, in 2024, the first year of the next mandate, 229 areas will have been the target of actions by the consistory in the last six years, and altogether they will add a thousand. Not everything has been good news regarding this effort, since the residents of the city have often been critical of the existing offer.

The Deputy Mayor for Urban Planning, Janet Sanz, announced this Wednesday a municipal investment of 18 million euros which will take place between now and 2024, and which will essentially be used to renovate gaming areas that already exist and create some new ones, in addition to betting on super gaming areas (more than 600 square meters), new spaces that are accessible to all children (now only 21 of the 906 are) and new water games for the hotter months.

Budget

In economic items, 7.5 million will be for renovations and new play areas; 5.5 million, for superareas; 3.9 million, for fully accessible areas, including the necessary competition and the subsequent execution, and 1.3 million will go to the water games.

Among the water areas in which the city council has already acted are the gardens of Ca l’Aranyó, in Sant Martí, those of Doctor Pla i Armengol, in Horta-Guinardó, and those of the Plaza de Salvador Seguí, in Ciutat Vella .

super areas

There are currently five super children’s play areas in Barcelona: Glòries Park, in Sant Martí; the one in the Antoni Santiburcio park and the octopus in the Pegaso park, in Sant Andreu; that of the whale in the central park of Nou Barris, and the swallow in the gardens of Indústria, in the Eixample.

The council emphasizes that they are the most valued children’s play spaces in Barcelona and highlights a fact that testifies to this, which indicates that they are attractive enough for people to move: 17% of their visitors are not from the neighborhood.

In view of the success, the Colau government it is proposed to create another nine super areas in the next two years, reaching 14. The forecast is that in January 2023 three more will already be working. One in the street of Alfons el Magnànim –Les Torres d’Alfons el Magnànim-, which will have the highest game element in Barcelona, ​​two towers 4.5 and 5 meters high from which spiral slides will emerge.

dunes and meteorites

The second that will work at the beginning of 2023 will be the ‘Platgeta del Poblenou’, in Poblenou Park, in Sant Martí, with 800 square meters and the recreation of a rubber dune space and the largest set of swings in Barcelona. Also at the beginning of the year it will be possible to go and play at ‘Constel·lació Barceloneta’, in the Barceloneta park, where the super area will have more than 1,000 square meters, including a scene of recreated meteorites, a large area of ​​sand and a labyrinth.

In 2023 the super areas of the Canòdrom park, in Sant Andreu; from Colònia Castells, in Les Corts; the Can Batlló park, in Sants-Montjuïc, and the Marina del Prat Vermell park, in the same district. Another two are planned for 2024: the one in the Parque de las Glòries and the one in the gardens of Málaga, both fully accessible.

Accessibility

Of the 21 areas that guarantee accessibility to all children, a low number within the total of 906, the consistory intends to go to 45 in 2023 and 55 in 2024with the aim that by 2030 there will be one in each neighbourhood, that is, at least 73. The city council will hold a competition to create 10 of these new accessible areas

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As for the water games, the pilot project carried out in the interior square next to Juan Ramón Jiménez street, in the Canyelles neighborhood, in Nou Barris, which is aimed at children over five years old and works 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at 13 other points in Barcelona. Executive projects are being drafted for its installation.

The city council has launched a website where you can consult the 27 most outstanding game areas of Barcelona and the information linked to the game plan in public space, which can be accessed at http://superilla.barcelona.


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