San Pedro boulevard – the dawn of a new era

DSC05512 The much anticipated boulevard in San Pedro is finally open and boasting an inauguration ceremony that lasted all afternoon and into the night – it was an occasion to remember! Featuring street parades, a circus show, music, entertainment, lighting displays and of course (as with any Spanish celebration) a superb firework display, this opening party was an afternoon of fiesta and coming together of the whole community of Marbella and San Pedro, who poured out onto the streets to witness the spectacle. The Mayoress of Marbella, Angeles Muñoz, led the proceedings, delivering a rousing speech in which she displayed great pride that this ambitious project had not only exceeded expectations, but been achieved within the predicted timeframe of just 16 months. The cutting edge thoroughfare will completely transform San Pedro, bringing together the north and south of the town through an area of recreation, leisure and relaxation, offering a new space for cultural activities as well as a variety of entertainment and amusement spots. DSC05516Boasting almost 4,000 square metres of water features with varying contemporary designs, six children’s playgrounds, an amphitheater with seating for 800 spectators, as well as a fantastic 1,250 square metre ice rink, this modern avenue promises to be a venue for the community to enjoy all year round, as well as being a great new tourist attraction in its own right. Dotted with small gourmet eateries and cafés, this modern space will offer an alternative spot to San Pedro town centre or the beachside Paseo Marítimo for locals to enjoy lunch or coffee with friends, and will provide a great meeting point for mothers and children to convene, stroll and relax in the varied playground areas.   For visitors, there is an information office where one can obtain directions and suggestions for entertainment and dining, not only on the boulevard but also in the surrounding area, while modern touchscreen monitors have been put in place for young people and the older generation alike. Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the concourse, which will soon prove invaluable to the community and perfect for enjoying a working lunch in the outdoors. DSC05520   Unquestionably, the most ambitious element of this project is the 300-metre-long footbridge, which traverses the boulevard and was designed by sampedreño architect Juan Antonio Fernández. This undulating bridge, fabricated with 150 tons of steel, alludes to the waves of the sea hence its name ‘The Sea of Sensations’. The bridge’s futuristic design has been a talking point in San Pedro for the past months – but now that construction has been finalised and residents can enjoy a leisurely stroll and appreciate the magnificent views from its highest point, the community has truly embraced this green zone project and the accompanying beautification of the town of San Pedro.   DSC05521    

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