MARBELLA’S Council is carrying out €90,000 works to the Coto de los Dolores pine forest in an effort to improve the green space.
The project, which will see the area extended, comes in response to suggestions by residents, and will include “the conditioning of pedestrian and bicycle paths, the creation of a picnic area and improvements to existing vegetation,” according to Miguel Diaz, Deputy Mayor of Las Chapas.
Mr Diaz said he hopes the space will become “the ‘green lung’ of Marbella,” explaining the works are part of a larger, four-part project to create 26 kilometres of pedestrian paths and 21 kilometres of bicycle lanes, as well as equipment for children and sports.
He commented, “we are talking about more than €700,000 invested by the council to complete the as Chapas green space,a project with great community support,” addinga further €117,000 have been budgeted to light the entrance and perimeter of the green space, as well as installing toilets.
An initial phase, costing €370,000, has already been completed, creating a bike path in 12 hectares of land in the Pinar de Elviria, as well as pedestrian paths, playgrounds, sports grounds, a dog park, and an area for urban gardens.
Mr Diaz explained the council wanted to “create a network of trails and facilities that connect the different green areas in this district and enhance sustainability, nature, accessibility and tourism.”