By John Smith • 19 April 2021 • 17:19
Easy access and routes for those in wheelchairs
Credit: Torremolinos Council
Now that the works to allow accessibility to all at Molino de Inca Botanical Garden in Torremolinos have been completed, Mayor José Ortiz officially reopened it.
THE work started in 2020 and Mayor Ortiz explained that “we had the objective of making it more accessible and breaking the architectural barriers of this wonderful space so that all people, regardless of their physical condition, can visit.
“It is one of the oldest mills in Torremolinos, today turned into a botanical garden of more than 40,000 square metres that just a week ago obtained the seal of safe tourism from the Institute for Tourist Quality in Spain (ICTE).”
“This enclave is one of the great attractions of the city where you can see almost a thousand plant species, among which 150 varieties of palm trees stand out and it also has a dozen different birds, some of them unique specimens in the country,” he added.
Actual cost of the improvements undertaken amounted to €278,000 taking advantage of funds from the regional government’s line of subsidies to the Tourist Municipalities of Andalucia.
Ramps have been improved and built that communicate the different places of interest and use of this enclosure and the bathrooms have been adapted in addition to the rehabilitation of a warehouse as a kiosk.
Information panels have been installed at different heights and some are inclined for easy reading. Rest areas accessible to wheelchair users and people with reduced mobility have also been installed.
As the adaptation work was underway, additional pruning and replanting and cleaning of lakes and ponds was carried out as well as painting and repair work, especially to wastebaskets, flowerpots and street lamps.
Likewise, the lighting has been improved, signage has been placed with directional arrows to the entry and exit route as an anti-Covid measure, as well as cleaning, sweeping and flushing prior to reopening.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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