By Humphrey Carter WORK on Palma's new green belt is well underway and yesterday the city's Mayor, Catalina Cirer, visited the site where the new Sa Riera park is being built.

The park will be Palma's largest once completed. Phase one of the project is being carried out at the municipal fair ground where the Feria del Ram and feria de Abril are held along Cami de Jesus on the way to the cemetery. The Sa Riera park is just part of the Green belt project which covers an area of 273.516 square metres. It will eventually stretch from the sea front, through Sa Faixina and up the Paseo Mallorca alongside the Riera river, to the Via Cintura at a cost of 87 million euros.

While the new park should be ready within two years, the overall project will not be completed until 2011.
The park will also include a new auditorium for cultural events, a public sports centre, cycle lanes, lakes and streams and a network of walks.
Parking will also be provided and the area will be easier to get to as included in the project are plans to finally widen the Cami de Jesus.
Catalina Cirer was given a tour of the site yesterday. The architect of the park design explained to her and accompanying Palma city council delegates how the park will look once finished.

She said that she is very pleased with the progress being made and the opportunities the park will offer the residents of Palma.