AN ACCIDENT at a playground in Torremolinos has prompted outrage from locals who have criticised the poor condition of children’s facilities.
Two girls and one woman were injured when a swing fell down in La Bateria Park, leaving one of the girls in hospital with two leg injuries, while the other girl, aged 5, was treated for back pain. Her mother was hit on the arm as she tried to stop the structure falling on the children and is now unable to move three of her fingers.
The woman explained, “it was a good thing I had instinctively put my arm up because the bar went directly towards the girls’ head.”
Police tape now seals off the swing-set while the girl’s mother says she is considering denouncing the town hall, claiming the set “was rotten inside”, adding, “after it came down we could see the condition of it and it is a shame. If I had known before I would not have taken my daughter to the park.”
The council, however, claim the swing came down “because ten children were on it at the same time,”something which the mother denies, saying, “there were only four children onthe attraction, it seems outrageous that they want blame them.” Reportedly there are no signs in parks in Torremolinos warning of weight limits for the rides.
A trampoline was also sealed off by police, leaving the condition of several children’s parks up for debate at the council’s next meeting amid claims of splinters, rust and uneven ground. Margarita del Cid, a spokeswoman for the Partido Popular (PP), said the “the deterioration of the parks” and says her party will ask “again a comprehensive review of all elements” of the facilities.
She claimed municipal workers “have on many occasions asked for tools to carry out the necessary workto keep the parks in perfect condition but have not received a reply.”
It is not the only controversy over playgrounds on the Costa del Sol. In May, over 500 parents signed a petition demanding the replacement of the playground in the Hacienda Manila area of La Cala del Moral.
The playground had been dismantled without warning before Easter owing to its “bad condition”, with the council saying at the time it would be replaced “soon.”
Patience amongst residents wore thin, however, and they delivered their petition to the town hall, demanding action.
Concha Ramos, one of the mothers concerned about the move said she had met with the Councillor for Parks and Gardens, Ezequiel Carnero, who explained the park was taken down because it was “very deteriorated, with screws and nails coming out, which was a clear danger for little ones.”
She added, “he told me that they were looking at installing a new one, but that they had to ask for several budgets beforehand.”
She explained the park, which is located near the Nuestra Señora del Rosario church and Supersol, was “very important” because it was a “very pleasant area with many trees, and in winter was comfortable for children, better than on the promenade.”
Antonio Sanchez, the Councillor for Operation Services, reassured parents that because it was a small park, “it is an investment the council can comfortably make.”