After gaining an enviable natural space, the Besòs river and its river park, it was time to fine-tune the connection of the river with the remodeling of Paseo de la Salzereda. In September 2017, a public consultation was submitted as to which of the two possible options was the most appropriate and the model in which the promenade and the park next to the facades were maintained was imposed.
Based on the consultation, a monitoring commission was created in which residents of the area, entities, boys and girls from the Escola Santa Coloma, and merchants worked. As a result of all these efforts and municipal action, the city has a new boulevard full of life.
It is a space for walking, staying and playing for children, which combines leisure and commerce. It is a new walk of the Salzereda. Sidewalks, sewers, street furniture, lighting, water and electricity supply services have been renovated, burying the old power lines. In addition, new areas for staying and children’s games have been created, and a new section of bike lane has been added.
Now, the promenade is fully accessible for people with reduced mobility, thanks to the disappearance of the old steps and the incorporation of other elements on the sidewalk. This great redevelopment implies an improvement not only in the urban structure, but also in the quality of the city. It is a necessary intervention to achieve the character of a commercial and quality urban center.
The project has been developed with the aim of opening the space towards the river, eliminating the unevenness to guarantee total accessibility, rearranging part of the vegetation and achieving a visual connection with the river, mainly in the circulation area and sidewalk, preserving the existing strip of trees with specimens of false pepper tree between the road and the promenade, in order to maintain its character. A renovated space full of life for citizen enjoyment.
From the beginning, a priority axis, when developing the project for the new Paseo de la Salzereda, has been the revitalization of the city: revitalization of commerce and economic activity, of leisure and meeting spaces in relation to elements of citizen identification such as the Besòs river. Special interest has been placed in restoration, with whom the new reality of the sector on the promenade has been agreed upon, the result of consensus with those directly involved, restaurateurs and restaurateurs.
The concentration of the elements of service to the public and the application of austerity criteria in the language of the elements of furniture, lighting and pavement have been the premises of the urbanization.
With a new bike lane next to the sidewalk on the river side, the creation of a pedestrian network and bike lane integrated with the neighboring municipalities has been carried out, as well as the expansion and improvement of the connectivity of the bike path network with the continuation of the Bicivia lane, a metropolitan cycle route that must connect, on the left bank of the Besòs river, the beach of Sant Adrià de Besòs with Santa Coloma de Gramenet and Montcada i Reixac. The new urban furniture has five new areas for children’s and bio-healthy games, taking advantage of the spaces and school areas of the promenade.
Greener and more sustainable
The presence of healthy, adapted and safe vegetation has increased, committed to guaranteeing quality greenery, prioritizing the future viability of plant elements, with trees and landscaped draining flower beds as the highest representatives of biodiversity spaces and respectful of cycles. natural, with herbaceous and flowering bushes that fulfill the function of infiltrating the water that the pavement collects, improving the landscape treatment of the entire area.
The former 800m² of raised flower beds have been transformed into 2750m² of garden area. At the request of neighbors, trees of sentimental value have been preserved for replanting. Actions have been carried out aimed at increasing the presence of birds, together with the installation of different insect hotels, which, among other things, will reduce the need for pesticides, increase biodiversity and, in fact, become a valuable resource. educational.
The entire remodeling project of the new Paseo de la Salzereda has also been carried out in compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) within the goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.
FEDER, building the Santa Coloma of the future
Santa Coloma applies the Integrated Sustainable Urban Development Strategy program, EDUSI
The Integrated Sustainable Urban Development Strategy, EDUSI, was born as a result of the strategic analysis that was carried out throughout the year 2015 with the aim of being able to know the challenges that the city had to face between the years 2015 and 2025. The works that were carried out and organized into a comprehensive strategy in order to respond to the many needs detected.
Santa Coloma de Gramenet obtained the highest recognition in the first FEDER call for Integrated Urban Development Strategies, a very competitive call from the European Union. That’s how it went
one of the two Catalan towns selected from the more than 25 that were presented. The European funds endowed EDUSI with 15 million euros, to which another 15 million of municipal financing was added,
with which 27 large city projects are financed, of the Santa Coloma of the future.
Having access to the European Regional Development Funds (FEDER) for sustainable growth in the 2014-2020 period has allowed the city to develop urban regeneration projects, taking special
care in environmental and social aspects.
The projects for Santa Coloma de Gramenet are specified in different thematic operations (OT), which are: Smart City (OT 02), Sustainable City (OT 04), Healthy City (OT 06) and Inclusive City (OT 09).
The objective is to turn Santa Coloma de Gramenet into a smarter, healthier, more inclusive, participatory, efficient city that protects the environment and fights against poverty and for equal opportunities.
between men and women, turning into realities the city projects presented to the European Union and linked to the commitments of the Municipal Action Plan (PAM), the Urban and Sustainable Mobility Plan and the Pedestrian Neighborhoods project, among others.