Santa Cruz de Tenerife (EFE) a traditional leisure area that will now have municipal services.
This is the area known as El Bloque in Valleseco, which has been refurbished following an agreement between the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Port Authority, which has carried out the works, and the Tenerife capital City Council, which has fully financed the work with an investment of 402,611 euros.
After the end of the works this Wednesday, the mayor José Manuel Bermúdez and the president of the Port Authority, Carlos González, have presented the conditioning carried out on the coast in the Acapulco-El Bloque space, which will continue with the works that are being carried out in the puddles of Valleseco, the “Sol y Sombra” project, which is expected to be completed in April or May.
“Without a doubt, it is a historic moment for the residents of Valleseco who have fought so hard, together with the City Council, to get this new bathing area available, which will also be an attraction for all residents and visitors to Santa Cruz”, has affirmed the mayor of the capital.
Bermúdez recalled that the work began last November and is, he said, “a new door that Santa Cruz opens to the sea” and responds to a historic demand from the town of Valleseco, which now sees this area of the coastline with a bathing enclave that improves accessibility, ordering and cleanliness with litter bins, showers and toilets.
It will also have a rescue and lifeguard service, Red Cross, garden maintenance and a food stall.
This new bathing area on the Santa Cruz coast, about a 15-minute walk from the city center, has 130 linear meters and 4,000 square meters.
For the mayor, there are now other challenges to face, such as beautifying the surroundings, where some crude oil tanks are located, and drawing up a project to unite all the enclaves along the Valleseco coastline, once they are conditioned.
The president of the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Carlos González, has specified that with the conditioning works some 10,000 square meters of solarium have been gained and has underlined the difficulties that the port and the city imply, due to their orography, must grow linearly, which limits citizen leisure spaces.
However, the conditioning of El Bloque has meant that “with a very little budget, great satisfaction is generated for the citizens” who, starting today, will be able to bathe in this area of the coast, he added.
González has admitted in this regard that it has taken “a long time” to condition this area, since there have been projects for this purpose for more than 25 years, and for this reason one should not “excel too much”, although finally the two initiatives planned for Valleseco will be in operation throughout the first half of 2023.
The sub-delegate of the Government in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Jesús Javier Plata, has alluded to the “institutional loyalty” that has been present in the commitment between the different administrations to work on the Valleseco coast and has emphasized that the next opening of the puddles , in which the Autonomous Community and the Island Council also intervene, the opening of the city to the sea will be fulfilled.
Javier González, president of the commission for the defense of the Valleseco beach, spoke at the event to allude to the memory of many years of organized struggle by a people that has shown “generosity, courage, creativity and imagination that has also led to do some sit-ins.”
González recalled that with this fight the residents have stopped projects such as building “four sports docks” and in their work on the Valleseco beach “everyone who wanted to participate has been involved, even the skeptics.” EFE