The project has made a total area of 1,210,881 square metres of parkland available to the city’s residents, with 33 areas for different sports totalling 40,771 square metres. There are 17 children’s playgrounds and 3 fitness areas for adults. The banks of the river are linked by 33 walkways in seven different districts of the city.
Madrid Río is part of a new city model that is more balanced and sustainable, unquestionably improving the quality of life of our citizens. The project provides the city with a large linear park reaching from El Pardo, in the North East, to Getafe, a municipality located in the South of Madrid, including the creation of a beach by the cultural complex Matadero. This plan is the result of an urban planning strategy based on three coordinated projects: project Calle 30, which made possible the tunnelling of a large portion of an old and unsafe ring road which divided the city; project Madrid Río, designed to recover the spaces freed of traffic; and the Urban Development Plan for the Area along the Manzanares River, renovating the surrounding buildings.
The Madrid Río Special Plan was designed by architecture studios Francisco Burgos & Ginés Garrido, Aránzazu La Casta y Fernando Porras-Isla, Carlos Rubio y Enrique Álvarez-Sala and landscape studio West 8 Landscape Architects & Urban Design, b.v. Madrid Río focuses on five pillars: the recuperation of the river, the Salón de Pinos (Pine Hall), the expansion and creation of green areas, a zone for sports and leisure and the urban development of the area.
The Mayor sees the Madrid Rio project as a major urban regeneration operation “in a space that will become a first class tourist attraction, a viewpoint onto the monumental cornice, a meeting point, a place for walks, leisure, sports and culture, and also an engine for financial activity and employment. We expect this public initiative to boost the private initiative, which we hope will get seriously involved in this area of Madrid.”