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Rio wins project to revitalize urban and natural parks in the city

Rio City Hall, through the Secretariat of Environment and Climate (SMAC), launched the Parques Cariocas program, a municipal initiative that aims to invest in and revitalize the city's urban and natural parks. The proposal is to create a renewal schedule for existing parks; launch a unified visual identity; create a grant program; and continue the ongoing construction of new green areas such as: Parque Carioca da Pavuna, Parque Realengo Jornalista Susana Naspolini, Parque Rita Lee, Parque Cesário de Melo and Parque Piedade. All parks continue to be public and free. The program seeks to attract more services, more comfort and cultural options for the population.

More than 20 parks are part of the studies to create the program that will seek support from the private sector. Six of them – those with the highest concentration of public and attractiveness – will be the anchors of the project. These are iconic parks in the city, such as Parque Madureira, Tom Jobim, Nelson Mandela, Marapendi, Dois Irmãos, Quinta da Boa Vista and Parque do Flamengo.

Parques Cariocas is focused on renovating and maintaining existing parks. New parks under construction will not be included at this time. The investment in creating these six new leisure areas in the city is R$ 400 million.

The program will be implemented in lots that will combine an anchor with some smaller parks, called satellites. The winning concessionaire for each lot must invest in and manage all the green areas selected by the City Hall for each park package. The first batch has an estimated investment of R$ 70 million and includes the Madureira, Dois Irmãos, Garota de Ipanema, Parque da Cidade, Orlando Leite and Pinto Teles parks.

The program provides for a bonus from the City Hall to the concessionaire who prioritizes employees who live around the park as a form of incentive to promote the local economy. Among the investments to be made in the parks, the main ones are general renovations, readjustment of kiosks, buildings, sports and event areas, as well as new interventions in restaurants, activation of idle spaces and organization of commerce and services. BNDES was hired to carry out the structuring and modeling of the project.

Two other parks have already been granted under this administration: Parque da Catacumba and Jardim de Alah. Private investment in these two contracts is more than R$ 120 million. Furthermore, this semester a bidding notice will be published for the concession of the Bosque da Barra and Chico Mendes parks with an estimated investment value of R$ 30 million.

At the end of April, the Environment Secretariat will launch a public consultation on the first batch of concessions for six parks. After this first stage, a public hearing will be scheduled to discuss the issue with the population. In June, the bidding notice will be published for companies interested in participating in the first batch.

Credits: Diario do Rio

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