The Salamanca City Council has completed the reform works of the Plaza de Barcelona, in the Garrido neighborhood, to make it “a more accessible and healthy space, with more green areas, for the leisure of children and adults”, and that adds up to stage for outdoor cultural events.
The reform works, which have involved an investment of more than 1.2 million euros, have made this space “completely accessible”, with new green areas and games for children and with the incorporation of elements for people with disability, the council has informed at the end of the works.
In addition, the project now concluded has made it possible to provide the square with a diaphanous central space for cultural events on the air, fairs or performances when the health situation due to the pandemic allows it.
The final project has incorporated both the surface that runs through the arcades of the houses and the current service lane in the design of the whole of the square, which has allowed it to have a single platform.
Together, in order to integrate the 2,500 square meters that the surface of the arcades and the service lane with the plaza, the ground level has been modified, which with a single slope of 0.8 percent, has also reduced the shoulder where it converges the avenue of the cedars.
In addition, the Salamanca City Council has enabled an access ramp from Paseo de los Madroños to the center of the square.
The entire area has been paved with decontaminating tiles, which transform the nitrogen oxide particles and volatile organic compounds emitted during combustion into harmless nitrates and inert salts.
As the mayor, Carlos García Carbayo, explained during the presentation of the works, the benefit of these tiles is equivalent to planting 500 deciduous trees, eliminating ten times more than a foliar surface of 5,600 square meters and eliminating the pollution produced by 150 vehicles of gas.
Likewise, the new Plaza de Barcelona has 1,652 meters of green areas, distributed in eight flower beds with grass and varied shrub species, equipped with sprinkler and drip irrigation.
In addition, the town hall has renewed the water supply and drainage networks, as well as the service pipes, and has improved the lighting with the installation of LED technology, among other actions.
On the other hand, the fountain that is a replica of Canaletas, located in the center of the central promenade, has been moved towards the proximity of the existing pergola, to generate new free space that allows its use for an event that requires it due to its dimensions. .
Finally, the aesthetics of the plaza has also been modified by replacing the gray zinc roof of the pergola with a treatment of bronze-colored resins that “gives warmth to the whole agora and enhances this structure, which is in a good state of repair. conservation”.