MAYOR of Palma Catalina Cirer, who is seeking re-election, promised to create three “urban beaches”, describing them as “city oases” which would have a large swimming pool with solarium, a park and green zones as well as sports facilities, to be enjoyed by residents throughout the summer.

The areas selected if the Partido Popular (PP) wins the elections are Virgen de Lluc, the Polígono de Levante and Son Gibert.
The objective, Cirer said yesterday, was to offer residents “a green zone where they could relax and forget for a few minutes that they are in a big city.” These areas will be large spaces surrounded by trees, with sports facilities, children's playground and a swimming pool.
The PP stressed the need to create more leisure areas to promote sporting and social activities in a fast-growing city like Palma. Cirer made her announcement just as the first reactions to Balearic leader Jaume Matas's proposal to build an Opera House became known.

As reported in yesterday's Bulletin, it would be designed by Santiago Calatrava and would cost 100 million euros.
Eberharde Grosske, the candidate for Mayor of Palma of the Bloc per Mallorca left-wing coalition, slammed the idea as “frivolous.” He criticised Matas for announcing the project without the backing of a viability study or a public debate.

However, both Joan Verger, president of the Port Authority, and Maria Antonia Munar, president of the Council of Majorca, expressed their support.
Verger said “we have to be ambitious in order to convert the Moll Vell into one of the best leisure-nautical sport centres in the world.” Munar said it was a splendid idea and pointed out that she herself had suggested it a few years ago. She added that it was a pity that it wasn't a reality already. Both said it would give a new image to the area, but did not comment on what effect it may have on the image of the Cathedral.

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