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Seek to Enhance Paleontological and Tourist Value of “El Culebrón” Park and Wetland

The Urbanism Ministry (MINVU) works on the prefeasibility of the “Cuenca El Culebrón Paleontological Park” and will invest more than $200 million in the design of a wetland mitigation area. The city already takes protective measures to give value to this green area of Coquimbo.

Working on the prefeasibility of the project to develop a design that seeks to recover the park, “El Culebrón” in Coquimbo is in the Urbanism Ministry. The goal is to rescue this green area threatened by the presence of people who are going to dispose garbage, burn pastures, increase delinquency, illegal settlements, bird hunting and the entry of cisterns trucks for the extraction of water from the wetland.

Project Characteristics

The MINVU objective, which works in conjunction with Coquimbo City and civic groups as “Park Defenders”, is to build a public space, allowing recreation and also to enhance and preserve the paleontological legacy of the sector. All in the area that adjoins “Avenida Portugal” in “San Juan de Coquimbo”. There are more than 56 hectares, in which there are already soccer fields, a sports club, the San Juan electric substation, the municipal dog kennel in charge of the CEAPA, lands, recycling points and in addition, it is already the “Cuenca El Culebrón” park opera in a quasi-abandonment state.

As there are no reports respect for the paleontological richness of this place it was decided to start this process using as a basis, two studies started a couple of years ago. The first one is the “El Culebrón Coquimbo Park and Wetlands” baseline study by MANKUK Consulting & Services S.A. The second one is the preliminary project called “Paleo-Ecological Park El Culebrón” carried out by the “SUBDERE” and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), within the framework of emerging cities.

Among the main works considered by the project there are infrastructure such as a site museum, 4 access pavilions, BMX and Mountain Bike circuits, implementation of bike paths, parking, pedestrian trails and service vehicle road construction. The park will also have perimeter closure, railings implementation, seats, benches, playgrounds, exercise machines, shadow support, picnic area, public luminaries, grass, planting native tree species and the implementation of an Irrigation System.

Thus, in January 2018 the design for the Park was entered in the investment system, which was objected technically by the Social Development Ministry and is already working on its reformulation.

Source: Diario el Día | Comunicado de Prensa