Speech by the Mayor of Limassol, Mr Andreas Christou, at the inauguration of the multifunctional seaside park, on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at 7:00 a.m.
Today is a special day for Limassol as one of the most important urban projects ever undertaken in the city is being now officially handed over. A project that brings our residents and visitors close to the sea, offers relaxation, exercise and entertainment, social interaction and supports cultural and sports events.
We are very honoured to welcome today our fellow citizen, the President of the Republic and the Director-General of the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Commission, Mr Walter Deffaa.
The multifunctional seaside park constitutes the continuation of the Olympion and Enaerios Coast, and stretches one kilometre, beginning in front of the city centre until the old harbour.
The regeneration formation of the whole coastal front is completed with the old harbour project and further west with the construction of the marina and the urban planning study of the area up to the new port of Limassol.
As a result, the waterfront is now connected functionally with the rest of the city with several accesses which was one of the primary aim of the project. The functional connection of the city centre with the sea has been now restored, utilizing the axes of circulation.
The entire seafront park, which spreads over 65 thousand square metres, has been fully redesigned and reconstructed with a cycle path that connects the Olympion coast with the Marina and the linear park of Garyllis, three cafeterias, new pedestrian roads, playgrounds and skateboard places, a small amphitheatre, ponds and fountains, trees and bushes, modern lighting and many more.
The sea works include three docks for walking, one large semi-circular platform for a variety of activities and one pier to which the old wooden fishing vessel “Lambousa” will be tied as a museum exhibit. There, visitors and children can get informed about the fishing method used with the large wooden vessels, known as“trates”.
The cost of the project has reached €12.5 million. It is financed 90% by the European Regional Development Fund and National Funds and 10% by the Municipality of Limassol.
Both Limassolians and visitors of our city have embraced this project with such an enthusiasm, and praised all efforts made. Now, thousands of people gather in the afternoon and in the evening to stroll around the area, walk from the eastern boundary of the Municipality, pass though the Enaerios and Olympion coasts, continue along the seaside park, pass through the old port and reach the marina. It is a 5 km route by the sea with a variety of activities to choose from.
The project was included in the 2007 -2013 programming period, the operational programme “Sustainable Development and Competitiveness” of the European Regional Development Fund, focusing on the REGENERATION OF URBAN AND RURAL AREAS.
We would like to warmly thank:
- The Ministry of Finance
- The Ministry of Interior
- The Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy of the European Union
- The Accountant General
- The Directorate-General for European Programmes, Coordination and Development
- The European Funds Management Unit of the Ministry of Interior
- The Internal Audit Unit of the Republic of Cyprus
- The Public Works Department
- The Department of Town, Planning and Housing
- The Utilities Authorities
- The Consultants of the projects
The Consortium responsible for the project, G. Anastasi & Sons and Nemesis Company Ltd, the subcontractors Themeliotechniki and all others who offered their services
The team of Limassol Municipality who designed and supervised the construction of the project.