The concession company of Bioparc, the animal park located on municipal land in the Campanar neighborhood, will not be able to build the water park that it was planning on the land included in the complex. The vice mayor of Valncia and councilor for Development and Urban Renovation, the socialist Sandra Gmez, has indicated that her department, which has the powers in urban planning, reformulates its plan for that land since it considers the center unviable.
“It makes no sense today to create a park of these characteristics with unsustainable water consumption in a city that is also maritime,” said the deputy mayor after meeting with an association of residents of that neighborhood.
According to Gmez, “proposing this project in the urban area of a city with these characteristics makes no sense because we must address the climate emergency, and this is a debate that is being developed with other projects in the city, so it is not understandable that in parallel other unsustainable ones are promoted “.
A park based in Cambodia
The Rain Forest project, which also manages the Gijn Aquarium, includes 25,000 square meters located in the northeast part of the animal park, bordering Avenida Po Baroja and Parque de Cabecera. His intention is for the aquatic leisure center to be inspired by the jungles of Cambodia and contemplated an investment of 25 million euros when he presented it, in 2019.
The pandemic put the processing of this project on hold by the Valencia City Council, governed by Comproms and PSPV. Precisely the partners have shown their differences precisely for environmental reasons for the project of the new terminal in the port of Valencia.
In fact, the project also included the rehabilitation of several existing farmsteads in that area, whose state of neglect has been criticized by residents and one of them has even partially collapsed. Rain Forest has been one of the municipal concessionaires that has requested compensation for the lack of income due to Covid and the restrictions.